The Department of Health & Social Care said the ban on indoor household mixing will continue in Dewsbury and Batley.
The news, which affects the wards of Batley East, Batley West, Dewsbury East, Dewsbury South and Dewsbury West, was greeted with disappointment.
And there are growing fears for the resilience of workers, especially those on furlough, as they cope with an on-going uncertainty around jobs.
Following a significant rise in infection rates over the last seven days Kirklees Council is reminding everyone across the borough to continue to follow the
latest Covid-19 guidance and to keep each other safe.
In the past week, 37.8 per 100,000 people in Kirklees tested positive for COVID-19, compared to last week when it was 28.7 per 100,000.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said: “Like a lot of other areas, this week we have seen a significant increase in Covid-19 infection rates in Kirklees.
“We have seen positive cases increase across a lot of areas in the borough over the last seven days, meaning you need to be cautious wherever you live.
“We understand how difficult the restrictions have been and will continue to be, but we need to be really careful not to become complacent.
“For people in Batley and Dewsbury, the local restrictions are still in place for the time being, meaning you still cannot socialise with people from other households unless they are part of your support bubble.
“We’re hopeful the Government will lift these local restrictions soon if we see infection rates come down.
“For everyone else, it’s just as important as ever that you continue to follow the latest national guidance, including the new restrictions on socialising in groups larger than six from September 14.”
Dewsbury MP Mark Eastwood who, along with Conservative colleague Jason McCartney, has previously pushed for postcode level restrictions for Kirklees, said the Government’s decision did not reflect infection rates, which he said were falling.
He said: “I’m disappointed that Dewsbury will not be coming out of local restrictions this week, particularly after last week’s localised data appears to show that the infection rates have steadily declined across the three wards.
“I will continue to work closely with Kirklees Council and the people of Dewsbury to try and ensure the decline in infections continues [and] to enable Dewsbury to be taken out of local restrictions sooner rather than later.”
Clr Habiban Zaman (Lab, Batley East) spoke on behalf of herself and Dewsbury South colleagues Masood Ahmed and Gulfam Asif. She expressed concern that restrictions had not been removed.
She said the priority of councillors was to continue supporting communities to reduce the number of positive test cases, to follow local rules, and to self-isolate and request a free test quickly if anyone presents symptoms.
She added: “The good news is that the Government have said businesses will not be affected by the lockdown.
“We know that currently, the scale of the labour market impact is masked by the furlough schemes, which means many people consider themselves to be only temporarily detached from their current jobs.
“However, as the furlough schemes are wound down in Kirklees this could mean a high number of unemployed people.
“Therefore it’s so important that we focus on getting normality back into our lives as soon as possible.”