COVID-19 town centres re-opening

We're all looking forward to more things re-opening but as they do we need to take extra care to make sure we control the virus. Below is some useful information about what is happening across Kirklees to make shopping, eating and drinking outside the home a safe and enjoyable experience.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants

On 4 July some pubs, bars and restaurants across Kirklees are reopening to the public as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

If you don't feel ready to socialise just yet, you or anyone in your household feels unwell or you are vulnerable, please stay at home. If you are planning on heading out, there are things you can do to help you and others stay safe and have fun.

Check ahead

Before you set off, check whether your favourite bar or restaurant is open, how many people it's letting in and whether you need to book in advance.

Social distancing

Stay 2m apart whenever you can. If you must get closer, stick to 1m, keep it short and avoid face-to-face contact. Be mindful of others who may be feeling nervous and unsure. Consider wearing a face covering.

Indoor socialising

Only socialise with members of your own household / bubble and one other household when inside. Try not to move around too much and stay in one place if you can.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds whenever you can or use hand sanitiser. Consider taking your own hand sanitiser with you.

Outdoor socialising

Only socialise with members of your own household / bubble, or with no more than 6 people from other households when outside.

Dispose of litter

Put your litter and empty bottles in a bin or be prepared to take your litter home with you. Pop a carrier bag in you bag or pocket before heading out.

Share your details

Share your contact details when asked, they will be kept for 21 days. This will help the NHS Track and Trace records and you'll want to know if you may have caught COVID-19.

Use contactless

Use contactless payment where possible.

Catch coughs and sneezes

Need to cough or sneeze? Cover your face, preferably with your elbow if you can, and be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after.

Be kind! Have a good time... but remember we're all in this together so please be kind, respect staff and follow the rules.

Advice on how to shop safely, stay safe and save lives

As many shops have started to reopen, it's important that we continue to follow safety guidance to help everyone stay safe and have an enjoyable experience when shopping.

Please follow this guidance:

  • Wash your hands regularly or use sanitisers where you can't
  • Maintain safe social distancing
  • 2m where possible
  • Some people may still feel nervous about being out, please respect their space
  • Avoid touching and picking things up if you don't need to
  • Some stores may have floor stickers, others might have signs to instruct customers where to go. Please be mindful of this if going into more than one store.
  • Only use public transport when necessary and wear a face covering if you do
  • Use contactless payment where possible
  • Please be kind and respect staff and other shoppers.

Coming soon! Town centre artworks

With the long summer days and the easing of lockdown, you may want to take the opportunity to visit your local town centre, where you will see some exciting art installations popping up. From historical photographs to modern murals, epic environmental pieces to woven rainbow rivers, the streets of Huddersfield and Batley have a bright future. More information to follow.

Changes to roads in our town centres

To help make sure we can keep everyone safe and make it easier to travel on foot or by bike, we have put in place some temporary road changes.


From 15 June, the following applies:

  • Market Place - closed to all traffic except cycles between 10am and 4pm (deliveries to be made before 10am and after 4pm)
  • John William Street - no parking (taxis and disabled parking only) road narrowed to a single lane carriageway
  • Cloth Hall Street - no parking (loading and blue badge parking only), loading and blue badge parking can be accessed using Chancery Lane (off Westgate)
  • Church Street - closed to all traffic except cycles between 10am and 4pm (deliveries to be made before 10am and after 4pm)
  • Wood Street - closed to all traffic except cycles between 10am and 4pm (deliveries to be made before 10am and after 4pm)
  • Byram Street - closed to all traffic except cycles between 10am and 4pm (deliveries to be made before 10am and after 4pm. Disabled parking available at all times.

From 29 June, the following will apply:

  • Market Street - bus stop outside Sainsbury's relocated to outside Farm Foods to allow extra space for social distancing. The blue badge parking outside Farm Foods will be moved to the other side of the road and will replace the general pay and display parking.
  • Westgate - road space reallocated to allow for active travel.


From 29 June, the following will apply:

  • Longcauseway - (Dewsbury Ring Road and Town Hall) - closed to all traffic except buses between 10am and 4pm (loading and deliveries can take place outside these times). Follow signed diversion routes.
  • Crackenedge Lane - (Corporation Street to Old Wakefield Road) - two way traffic reinstated, no parking to the eastern side by fish and chip shop, reduced loading bay outside Wilko's and "priority give way" outside Barclay's Bank.
  • 25 - 33 Westgate - Parking in the layby suspended and pavement widened to help people queue and pass.

A map showing Dewsbury town traffic management

Blue badge parking

Where possible we have tried to accommodate access to Blue Badge parking spaces and you can see how to access these on our website.

The temporary closures will be regularly reviewed in response to feedback and tweaked as appropriate.

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