Local Covid Information
Contact NHS 111 or 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 things 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 problems.
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
Symptoms and how to get a free test here
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
You may find these contacts useful both now or when things are a little more normal
Wakefield Council – telephone helpline
Wakefield Council have a helpline if you are self-isolating or living with someone who is at risk and cannot go out, the tel: number is 0345 8 506 506 chose option 3 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). The helpline can put you in touch with someone who can help, this may be the local foodbank or community hubs who have volunteers to help.
The Community Hubs have volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food parcels or collecting medication. If you are worried about someone who is living alone with no help they can telephone to check they are OK.
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.
Want to help others?
Perhaps ask a neighbour if they need any help (keeping 2 metres away of course) or you could write a letter or draw a picture to give them. These could be given to the community hub to take out or to a local residential home to cheer someone up.
Visit www.volunteerwakefield.org and find your nearest community hub or Covid-19 group.
Wakefield Cares - Electric and Heating Worries
If you have no electric, gas (fuel) or food and no money or no-one is able to leave the house to top up the fuel card or buy food, ask who you live with to contact Wakefield Council 0345 8 506 506.