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Coronavirus restrictions in Yorkshire: What we know now

Tighter coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be imposed in parts of West Yorkshire next week while the number of Covid-19 cases in parts of North Yorkshire is now causing concern, it's been confirmed.

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Here's a summary of today's developments across Yorkshire:

Calderdale infection rate rising 'significantly' - Council

The coronavirus infection rate is rising "significantly" across Calderdale, the borough's council has warned.

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It comes as the government announces it's to impose tighter restrictions for Calderdale from next week, including a ban on people meeting friends or family from outside their households or support "bubble".

Restrictions are already in place for Halifax, but all of Calderdale will now be affected by these restrictions from Tuesday.

Leader of Calderdale Council, councillor Tim Swift, said: “This is not the news we would have wished for, and we know this is difficult to hear for many people, but we do understand the safety of our community must always come first.

“Sadly, infection rates are rising significantly across the whole of Calderdale and throughout the country. We can all still make a difference by following guidance, washing our hands, social distancing, wearing face coverings and limiting time with other people."

The council says the restrictions are as follows:

  • People must not have visitors from or visit other households in their home or garden (other than those in their support bubble)
  • People must not socialise with others they do not live with in other indoor public venues
  • People must not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Mr Swift added: “Let’s not give up hope, let’s not blame anyone, let’s stay kind and compassionate. Together we can beat this.”

BreakingNew coronavirus lockdown measures for West Yorkshire

People in parts of West Yorkshire already affected by local coronavirus lockdown measures will be banned from socialising with people from outside their own households from next week, it's been confirmed.

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Further restrictions are being introduced in West Yorkshire, as well as parts of the North West and the Midlands, in a bid to curb rising infection rates.

The new restrictions in Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale will be in force from Tuesday and will see people banned from socialising with people from outside their own households or support "bubble" in private homes and gardens.

Some wards in those districts had been exempt from restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of August, but these wards will now also be subject to the ban, it's been confirmed.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: "We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton.

"Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.

"I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission," he added.

Meanwhile, Selby and Scarborough in North Yorkshire are now also considered "areas of concern".

Police 'increasingly concerned' over missing teenager

Have you seen Kaide Sykes-Ward? He's gone missing from his home in West Yorkshire and it's thought he may have travelled to North Yorkshire.

Kaide Sykes-Ward
North Yorkshire Police

The 14-year-old, from Calderdale, was last seen on Friday 4 September. Since then, police believe he has travelled to Easingwold and is still thought to be in that area.

Officers say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" for his welfare.

He was last seen wearing a blue hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and trainers, according to police.

Anyone who's seen him, or has information about his whereabouts, is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Coronavirus restrictions eased in parts of West Yorkshire

Tightened restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19 have been eased today in parts of West Yorkshire, allowing people from different households to mix once again.

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From today, rules will be relaxed in parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Measures were imposed in those areas at the end of July amid a rise in cases.

The ban on indoor household gatherings remains in urban areas of Bradford, Dewsbury, Batley, Keighley and Halifax.

Covid measures to be eased in parts of West Yorkshire

Coronavirus restrictions on households mixing in parts of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees will be lifted from next Wednesday, it's been confirmed.

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The move has been announced following discussions with local leaders, the Health Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre and the Chief Medical Officer for England.

From Wednesday 2 September the restrictions on two households mixing which were introduced last month will be lifted in:

  • Parts of Bradford, excluding Bradford city and Keighley town
  • Parts of Calderdale, excluding Halifax
  • Parts of Kirklees, excluding Dewsbury and Batley

It means next week people in those areas where restrictions have been lifted will be able to mix with family and friends from outside their household, in line with national social distancing rules, for the first time since 30 July.

Areas in Bradford where restrictions are being lifted from Wednesday are: Worth Valley, Craven, Ilkley, Baildon, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Shipley, Wharfedale and Windhill and Wrose.

Areas in Calderdale where restrictions are being lifted from Wednesday are: Brighouse, Calder, Elland, Greenland and Stainland, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Luddendenfoot, Rastrick, Ryburn and Todmorden.

Areas in Kirklees where restrictions are being lifted from Wednesday are: Golcar, Greenhead, Heckmondwike, Holme Valley South, Lindley, Liversedge and Gomersal, Mirfield, Newsome, Cleckheaton, Dalton, Denby Dale, Almondbury, Colne Valley, Crosland Moor and Netherton, Holme Valley North, Kirkburton, Ashbrow and Birstall and Birkenshaw.