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Government changes COVID restrictions in some Bradford District wards

From tomorrow, Wednesday (2 September) the local restrictions the Government imposed on the whole Bradford District on 31 July will be relaxed in nine of the district’s 30 wards and brought into line with national restrictions. These are Craven, Ilkley and Worth Valley wards in the Keighley Parliamentary constituency and all six wards in the Shipley constituency – Baildon, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Shipley, Wharfedale and Windhill & Wrose.

But in the other 21 wards people will still be subject to tighter restrictions and will not be able to socialise with other households.

The restrictions in these wards were introduced in Bradford, plus neighbouring Calderdale and Kirklees and parts of the North West, to try to control high COVID-19 infection rates and spread of the virus in those areas.

We have updated our website with advice for areas with either the local or national restrictions. We have also made a ward checker so you can enter your postcode to find out which restrictions apply to you.

returning to school

How schools are preparing for children returning 

Every school, college and childcare setting has completed an extensive risk assessment and put in place infection control measures to reduce the risk to everyone.

Some children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities may not be ready to return to school. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis with families.

If your child is unable to attend school or college for this reason, you should talk to your school /college about what support is in place in terms of remote education.

Extra measures in place in schools may include:

  • children washing their hands regularly
  • more regular cleaning of classrooms and the whole school  
  • children being in bubbles, to reduce contact with too many people
  • varied start, lunch and finish times
  • timetable changes to minimise contact between groups
  • one way systems for moving around school and different ways to enter and exit
  • social distancing measures where possible.

guidance on face coverings in Education

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings. For example,

templates for exemption from face masks

transport to school

Tips on safe journey planning 

  • Plan your journey - new school transport timetables and safety guidance is available at 
  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport and dedicated school buses for 11s and over (except those exempt) see above.
  • Students are encouraged to pay in advance
  • Consider cycling and walking to school where possible.