Local covid information
Contact NHS 111, your GP if you or someone you live with is unwell.
GP’s are offering telephone appointments and are seeing patients if needed. A&E is open for urgent health needs and have procedures in place to help protect staff and patients, it is important to get any serious health needs treated (such as asthma attacks, broken bones, heart attacks) to avoid further illness or long term health conditions.
If you or someone you know has one or more of the Coronavirus symptoms you can book a free test. If you need help to book a test call 01924 22 44 97
For the latest government advice about Covid 19 (Coronavirus) click here or visit the NHS 111 website here
Maintain regular handwashing HANDS
Wear a face covering, if you can, in any enclosed public space FACE
Maintain social distancing, wherever possible SPACE
Avoid any hugging or close contact with anyone outside your household
Avoid car sharing with anyone outside your household
Look out for symptoms. If you have any sign of a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, please take action now, by isolating immediately and getting a test by accessing local testing or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
What is open?
- All retail
- Personal care settings like hairdressers and beauty salons
- Public buildings like libraries, community centres and museums.
- Indoor hospitality such as restaurants, pubs, hotels, hostels and B&Bs
- Self-contained holiday accommodation like self-catering lets and camp sites
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades and theatres.
- Indoor adult group sports and exercise classes can take place.
- Indoor children's play areas
- Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.
- Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms.
- Some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues are allowed with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number).
- In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people are allowed to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
All schools and colleges across England are open along with practical higher education courses, other higher education courses remain online. Secondary school and college students are not required to wear masks in class and communal areas but due to the higher case rate in Wakefield it is still advised.
Meeting friends and family
- The rule of six (groups of six or less) or two households can meet indoors.
- 30 people can mix outdoors.
- Overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
- All care home residents in England can have five regular visitors. For more information about the changes to care home visits, please click here.
It is now your choice to decide whether to maintain social distancing with close family and friends.
However, we do urge caution about the risks that come with close personal contact such as hugging, as this remains a direct way of transmitting the disease. Our case rates remain higher than other areas of the country and we ask that you take steps to keep yourselves and their loved ones safe and remember that some people remain more vulnerable than others. People are reminded to continue to make space for other people to maintain social distancing if they want to.
The Government has set out how international travel can resume and has introduced a 'traffic light' system to categorise destinations as green, amber or red. Further guidance on the countries in each category and the quarantine arrangements in place for each can be found here
The Government has updated travel guidance here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
Please take action now and follow the national restrictions.
We must do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus.
- wear a face covering where needed
- follow social distancing rules
- work from home if possible
Please follow these five simple rules -
- maintain regular handwashing HANDS
- wear a face covering, if you can, in any enclosed public space FACE
- maintain social distancing, wherever possible SPACE
- avoid any hugging or close contact with anyone outside your household
- avoid car sharing with anyone outside your household
You may find these contacts useful both now or when things are a little more normal
Wakefield Council – helpline
Wakefield Council have a helpline if you are self-isolating or living with someone who is at risk (shielding) and cannot go out tel; 0345 8 506 506 chose option 3 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). The helpline can put you in touch with the appropriate service or organisation, this may be the local foodbank or community hubs who have volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food parcels or collect medication for you or someone you are worried about (maybe a sick or older family member or neighbour). They can even arrange for someone to telephone the person just to check they are ok and have a friendly chat.
You can contact us during our ‘drop in and chat’ service on here if you’re feeling a bit down or have something good to share.
The Community Hubs are offering different services but all of them have volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food parcels or collecting medication for you or someone you are worried about. A few hubs are also providing cooked meals once a week for someone who is older or shielding and living on their own.
Visit this website for a list of the community hubs. You can ring them if you need support but they may be busy so keep ringing or email them.
Help at the Hub- a new service in your area to help you with the impacts of the COVID crisis on jobs, finances and much more. Click here to find out more.
Wakefield Cares Volunteering
The Community hubs welcome volunteers, so if you are over 18 years old and want to help with shopping, walking the dog, making food parcels or having a chat with someone on the phone visit volunteerwakefield.org
If you are under 18 perhaps ask a neighbour if they need any help (keeping 2 metres away of course) or you could writing a letter, make a card or be creative and make hearts or knit them so they can be put in the food parcels to cheer someone up who is self- isolating or donate to a local residential home.
Wakefield Cares - Electric and Heating Worries
On a pre-payment meter or are you unable to leave the home to add credit for gas or electric or you have no money for food or fuel? Speak to your supplier to discuss their options to keep you supplied or contact Wakefield Council 0345 8 506 506.
Young Healthwatch Wakefield Survey
Young Healthwatch is your local champion when using health and care services.
- gives you a voice
- involves you
- provides free confidential advice and information
- listens to your experiences
- tells people who plan and run services what you think
“We want to hear about your experiences. Everything you tell us is confidential and we won’t ask for any personal details. It is up to you if you would like to take part. If you do, your feedback will help the people who make decisions improve health and care services for children and young people in Wakefield District.”
Click here for Places for Support and here to take part in the ongoing Young Healthwatch Survey. Click here if you would prefer to download, print and freepost the survey.