Reminder: Covid-19 Restrictions Still In Place in Halifax & Sowerby Bridge

Although additional restrictions have been removed for much of Calderdale, the following areas of Halifax are still affected –

  • Illingworth and Mixenden
  • Northowram and shelf
  • Ovenden
  • Park
  • Skircoat
  • Sowerby Bridge
  • Town
  • Warley

Here’s the latest guidance on what restrictions are in place in these areas:

Social contact restrictions

If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you must not:

  • host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble
  • meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they’re in your support bubble

Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £100 for the first offence, lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days
  • £200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £3,200

The government has also introduced fines for those who hold illegal gatherings of over 30 people. Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and Police may issue fines of £10,000 to those who break the law.

You should not:

  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households. If you run such a business or organise events on their premises, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance
  • visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law:

  • where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • to attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

See guidance on working safely in other people’s homes.

Can I meet people outdoors?

You should only socialise in outside public places (like parks) in groups of up to 6 people from multiple households. Gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is exclusively from 2 households or support bubbles and must not exceed 30 people. You should always socially distance from people outside of your household.

The police will be able to take action against those that gather in groups larger than 30 people, including asking people to disperse and issuing £100 fixed penalty notices.

There are some exceptions where you may be able to meet in larger groups.

Can I play sport?

You can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. A list of governing bodies which have had guidance reviewed can be found here. You can play individual sports in alignment with guidance here. We advise that all other sports activities should not take place with people who you do not live with at indoor and outdoor public venues

Can I travel in my area?

You should follow all relevant transport guidance when making a journey into, within or out of the areas affected.

You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for age, health, or disability reasons.

You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to, try to:

  • share the car with the same people each time
  • keep to small groups of people at any one time
  • open windows for ventilation
  • travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
  • face away from each other
  • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
  • clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
  • ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering

See more guidance on car sharing and travelling with people outside your household group.

Can I travel outside of my area?

You can travel outside your area. However, you must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of your area, unless they’re in your support bubble.

You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with).

There is separate guidance on what to do if you have booked holiday accommodation in an area with local restrictions.

Can I go to a wedding or funeral?

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals (including ceremonies at crematoria) can still go ahead in these areas, but they should have no more than 30 people.

These events must comply with COVID-19 secure guidance and venue capacity. See detailed guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

People living outside of these areas can travel to these areas to attend a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or funeral, but they must not meet with another household in a private home or garden.

Wedding celebrations should not currently take place in these areas – unless they are limited to people who live together (or are in the same support bubble), or a group of up to 6 people outdoors.

Can I go to religious ceremonies or places of worship?

You may attend a mosque, church, synagogue, temple or other place or worship, but you should socially distance from people outside of your household. This means maintaining a distance of 2 metres, or 1 metre with mitigations (such as wearing face coverings).

If possible, prayer or religious services should take place outdoors.

Going to work

People living inside and outside of these areas can continue to travel in and out for work. Workplaces must implement COVID-19 secure guidance.

Shielding

Clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer being advised to shield from 1 August for the areas covered by this guidance.

Childcare

You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders and holiday childcare providers. You can also continue to employ nannies – see guidance on working safely in other people’s homes.

Friends or family who do not live with you cannot visit your home to help with childcare unless they are part of your support bubble. The only people who can help you with childcare in your home are people you live with, people in your support bubble, or registered childcare providers including nannies.

Children of parents who are separated are allowed to move between households. The law includes an exemption to allow parents and children who are not part of the same household to continue an arrangement for access or contact to each other.

Schools (face coverings)

In education settings where year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults (staff and visitors) and pupils when moving around, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. It is not usually necessary to wear face coverings in the classroom, where protective measures already mean the risks are lower, and they may inhibit teaching and learning.

Can I move home?

Yes. Estate and letting agents as well as removals firms can continue to work and people looking to move home can continue to undertake viewings.