Coronavirus, social distancing, hospitality venues and shielding

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The following information may be useful if you need to understand the present situation with Coronavirus.

Clarification on social distancing measures

You should continue to keep two metres away from people. Where this is not possible you must keep more than one metre away and take extra precautions to reduce the risk such as wearing face coverings, working side-by-side instead of face-to-face, or the use of Perspex screens or other physical barriers. You can find more details of other recommended precautions by reading this list.

From 4 July, you can also meet in a group of 2 households (including your support bubble), in any location –  public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

It remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble.

More information on keeping safe during this time can be found on the government website.

Hospitality sector reopening

From Saturday 4 July, restaurants, bars, leisure and entertainment venues can reopen as part of the latest relaxation of restrictions.

Reminders of safety messages will be visible in popular areas across the city centre, along with hand sanitiser stations. Additional cleaning will be carried out, especially on objects being touched such as benches, bins and push buttons as well as at transport interchanges.

A team of council-managed night marshals will be operating over the four weekends in July to guide the public, especially in busy locations. West Yorkshire Police will also be supporting the reopening with extra resources on hand.

We have been supporting the hospitality sector by providing businesses with materials such as signage and social distancing visuals and where possible, pavement widening has been put in place to provide more space for people to move safely.

To prevent the spread of the virus, if you are visiting the city centre this weekend, please remember:

  • As part of NHS Test and Trace, businesses are being asked to keep a record of their customers and visitors for 21 days. You should assist by providing details when asked to do so.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Regularly wash your hands and wear a face covering if you’re using public transport to come in to the city.
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household experience any symptoms and book in for a test.

Remember that pubs and restaurants will be operating differently:

  • Opening times may vary.
  • Be patient. Expect queues, and things to take longer than usual as businesses operate social distancing measures.
  • Most businesses are taking online bookings only or operating on a first come first serve basis.
  • Drink responsibly and ensure your taxi is booked for the way home.

More information on what to expect can be found here.

Some important changes to shielding

From Monday (6 July), the advice for people who have been shielding will change so that you can safely meet others outdoors in groups of up to six people, whilst strictly maintaining 2m physical distancing. If you are shielding and live alone or in a single-parent household, you can create a mutually exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household. For more information, visit our shielding webpage.

Further changes to the shielding guidelines are anticipated in August, and we will share more details as these are announced.

Anyone advised to shield can access priority supermarket delivery slots when they have registered with the national shielding service. This priority access will be ongoing throughout the pandemic – but the deadline for registration is 17 July 2020. If you have been advised to shield, make sure you register for support on the government website.