Coronavirus

Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees

Beginning on Wednesday 2 December the Government has placed Kirklees in Tier 3 restrictions

These restrictions will be reviewed on Wednesday 16 December.

This page was last updated on Tuesday 1 December when we added guidance for vulnerable people.

Wear a face covering in areas where it is mandated.
Always follow social distancing rules.
Alert level 3 - Very High

Meeting people indoors

You must not socialise anywhere indoors with anybody outside of your household or support bubble.

  • You must not meet or host people you do not live with in your home, unless they are in your support bubble.
  • You must not socialise inside someone else's home, even if they live outside of Kirklees, unless they are in your support bubble.
  • You must not stay overnight away from your home with people who aren't in your household or your support bubble.
  • You must not meet people in public indoor places which remain open, unless they are in your support bubble.

When people can come into your home

  • If everyone is in the same household, support bubble or childcare bubble
  • To attend a birth if you are the birth partner
  • To see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life
  • To fulfil a legal obligation
  • For work, or to provide voluntary or charitable services
  • For education or training provided as part of a formal curriculum
  • For childcare
  • To provide emergency assistance
  • To enable one or more people to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • To help move house
  • To provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer.
  • For arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians.

Meeting people outdoors

You must not meet people outside your household or support bubble in gardens and most outdoor venues.

Places where you can meet people from other households outdoors include:

  • Parks, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • Public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • Grounds of a heritage site or castle
  • Allotments
  • Outdoor sports courts and facilities
  • Playgrounds

If you do meet other people, you must be socially distanced.

You cannot form a group of more than 6 people.

More about meeting people safely:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Social distancing
No social gatherings of more than 6 people

What a support bubble is

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

More information about support bubbles:

Making a support bubble with another household

Forming a Christmas bubble

You can form a Christmas bubble of up to three households between 23 and 27 December.

What you can do at Christmas:

Meeting friends and family at Christmas

Businesses and venues which may remain open

  • Essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as:
    • gyms, sports courts and facilities
    • leisure centres
    • fitness and dance studios
    • golf courses
    • swimming pools
    • riding centres
    • outdoor playgrounds
    Although they can stay open, group exercise classes should not go ahead.
  • Personal care and close contact services such as:
    • hairdressers and barbers
    • beauty salons
    • tattoo parlours
    • nail salons
    • spas and beauty services
    • massage parlours
    • tanning salons.
  • Public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities.
  • Allotments
  • Recycling and waste centres
  • Public toilets
  • Car parks
  • Essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and Jobcentre Plus
  • Places of worship.

Businesses and venues which must close

Hospitality venues:

  • Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and social clubs - although they can provide takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
    • They can sell food and non-alcoholic drinks through these services
    • They can only sell alcohol to customers who order in advance
    • Takeaway from the premises is only allowed between 5am and 10pm
    • Customers who collect food or drink cannot enter the premises to collect their order
    • Where possible take payment in advance.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses - except for:
    • where it is someone's main residence
    • where it is reasonably necessary to stay there for work
    • where people cannot return home.

Indoor entertainment and tourist venues, including:

  • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • skating rinks
  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • laser quests and escape rooms
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • snooker halls.

Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues (although indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets can remain open), including:

  • zoos, safari parks and wildlife reserves
  • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
  • model villages
  • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
  • visitor attractions at film studios
  • heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
  • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms

Exemptions

A closed business can open to:

  • provide essential voluntary services
  • provide urgent public support services, like:
    • food banks
    • food or drink for the homeless
    • other support for the homeless or vulnerable people
    • blood donation sessions
    • support in an emergency.

Business events

Large business events should not take place.

Support groups

Some support groups can meet. Up to 15 participants are allowed.

  • They must be formally organised groups
  • They can provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support, where they have to take place in person
  • They can't meet in private houses.
  • Under-5s do not count towards the 15 person limit.

Travel

You can travel to venues or amenities which are open. You can still go to the shops and many other businesses, but make sure you follow social distancing rules.

  • Reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
  • Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport, and walk or cycle where possible.
  • Do not go to test and trace centres by public transport or taxi. Get a home test instead.
  • Do not travel if you are self-isolating.

Travel into and out of Kirklees

  • You should avoid travelling into or out of Kirklees.
  • But you can continue to travel into or out of Kirklees for work, education, to access youth services or because of caring responsibilities.
  • You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, except for work, education, to access youth services or caring responsibilities.
  • You can travel through Kirklees as part of a longer journey.
  • You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.

Travelling abroad

See the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office foreign travel advice for your destination and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors list.

Care homes

Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.

Please contact the care home you would like to visit to find out what they advise.

Moving home

You can still move home.

More information:

National guidance on moving home safely

Work

Work from home if you can do.

  • Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.
  • Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to work.
  • More then 6 people can meet for work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, including in other people's homes.

Schools, colleges, universities and early years settings

Schools, colleges, universities and early years settings remain open.

Attend school or college as normal, unless you are self-isolating.

Childcare, education and training

More than 6 people can meet:

  • to provide childcare, education or training as part of a formal curriculum.
  • for supervised activities provided for children, including:
    • before-school childcare
    • after-school childcare
    • groups and activities for under 18s
    • children's playgroups

These things are also allowed:

  • Birth parents of children in care, and brothers and sisters in care, can meet.
  • Prospective adopting parents can meet a child or children who may be placed with them.

Places of worship and religious ceremonies

Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.

Exemptions

  • Formal childcare or where part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings and funerals can go ahead.

  • Up to 15 people can attend weddings and civil partnerships.
  • Our Register Office ceremony rooms are restricted to 6 guests only.
  • Wedding receptions are not allowed.
  • Up to 30 people are allowed to attend a funeral.
  • If you select a burial service, we can currently allow 30 mourners at the graveside.
  • We can allow up to 12 mourners in Dewsbury and 16 mourners in Huddersfield to sit inside the chapel.
  • Up to 15 people can attend linked commemorative events like a wake or stone-setting.
  • People working at these ceremonies or events are not included in the maximum group size.

Team sports and physical activity

Elite sport events are allowed to take place without spectators.

There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances.

  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.
  • Saunas and steam rooms should close.
  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.
  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, but higher-risk contact activity should not take place.
  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

What to do if you were shielding or are vulnerable

The Government does not advise you should shield, but you should take these precautions:

  • Reduce the number of different people you meet.
  • Avoid travel except for essential journeys.
  • Reduce the number of shopping trips and go at quieter times of the day.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Vulnerable children should go to school unless advised by their GP or clinician not to.

Get in touch with COVID-19 Community Response if you need support or to offer support.

Information and help for vulnerable people:

Guidance for vulnerable people

Get in touch with COVID-19 Community Response if you need support:

COVID-19 Community Response

Tips and advice on managing mental health concerns:

Mental health support in a crisis

More information about Tier 3 restrictions:

Tier 3: Very High Alert
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