From the morning of Wednesday 2 December Calderdale will be under Covid restrictions in the Tier 3 (very high alert) category for England.
Here are the key points of the restrictions in Calderdale.
Meeting friends and family
- From 2 December you will no longer be required to stay at home whenever possible.
- You must not mix indoors – or in a private garden or at most outdoor venues – with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble
- You can socialise in groups of up to six people in some outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches and public gardens.
- You can form a support bubble with another household if you are the only adult in your household or the only adult who does not have a disability that needs continuous care.
- You can also form a support bubble with another household if you have a child under one, or a child under five with a disability that needs continuous care.
Going to work
- You should work at home if at all possible.
- If you have to return to your workplace, your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.
- This advice will not change after 2 December and the end of the national lockdown.
Schools and nurseries
- Primary and secondary schools are open, as are nurseries and childcare.
- If a school has coronavirus cases, local health protection teams will advise what to do.
- All pupils and staff in secondary schools (Year 7 and above) must wear face coverings in communal areas outside the classroom.
- Universities remain open, but students have been asked to return home for the holidays in a travel window between 3 and 9 December and complete the term online from there.
- The current national lockdown ends on 2 December, but several rules will remain in force in your area:
- Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes will remain closed, except for takeaway, drive-through and delivery services.
- Entertainment venues including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, will remain closed.
- Organised activities for elite athletes, the under-18s and disabled people will continue.
- Spectators will not be allowed at sports events and live performances.
- Leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools can reopen, but groups exercise classes cannot be held there. Saunas and steam rooms must also stay closed.
- Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but higher-risk contact activity should be avoided.
- Hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites will remain closed except in certain circumstances (such as where they are someone’s main residence, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes).
- There is no limit on the time allowed for exercise outdoors or, for example, for sitting on a park bench or eating and drinking outside.
- From 2 December all retail outlets can reopen.
- From 2 December, places of worship will be open for communal services, but people should not mix with anyone from outside their household or support bubble.
- Weddings and civil partnerships can resume with up to 15 guests; wedding receptions are still not allowed.
- You should avoid travelling outside your area if possible.
- You are not allowed to stay overnight away from your home, whether on holiday, in a second home or caravan, or with anyone you do not live with, or are in a support bubble with.
- You can still move home, but people outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.
- You can leave home to visit someone who is giving birth or dying, to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm (such as domestic abuse), to visit someone in a hospice or hospital, to go with them to a medical appointment, or to go to the vets (or other animal welfare services).
- It is possible to visit friends and family in care homes as long as Covid-secure measures are in place.
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies cannot take place except where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. These weddings are limited to six people.
- Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events can continue with up to 15 people.
- Apart from funerals, places of worship will only be open to allow individual prayer or services to be broadcast to the congregation.