Bradford Council urged people to follow the new government measures introduced at midnight on 31 July 2020 to prevent a local lockdown.

The measures have been introduced because rates of COVID-19 have been rising in parts of West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the North West.

Bradford Council and health partners have been working with the government to control the spread of the virus and to prevent further rises in infections.

The measures introduced include; not meeting in a home or private garden (unless part of your support bubble), not visiting other’s home or garden outside of the affected regions and not meeting with people outside of your household at other indoor spaces, such as restaurants, cafes, places of worship or community centres.

Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms, sports courts and swimming pools, will also remain closed.

Fixed penalty notices beginning at £100 can be issued by police if people are found to break the new measures.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “Restricting businesses and stopping people gathering together is not something anyone wants to see happen but like many areas in the North of England, we’re at a critical moment in our District’s response to Covid-19. We hope that by taking these precautions we can prevent the introduction of much tougher lockdown measures.

“I want to thank the people of the Bradford district for their patience and forbearance.  We’re really proud of the way so many people in our district are working together to beat the virus.

“We know that these measures will be massively inconvenient and disruptive for everyone, and especially distressing for people celebrating Eid, but we need everyone to work together so we can get the infection rates down and these measures lifted as soon as possible.

“We urge everyone to follow the COVID Code so they can keep themselves and their families safe and well.”

The full details of the precautionary measures in place are available on the Government’s website.