What you can and can't do from today - and what this means for Calderdale

From today (Monday) social gatherings above six will be banned following a recent Government announcement - but what does this mean for the different areas of Calderdale?

Monday, 14th September 2020, 8:15 am

Currently in Calderdale the Halifax constituency is still in 'local lockdown' with stricter guidelines imposed whereas the Calder Valley is following national guidance.

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This is what the recent Government announcement means for the two areas.

Woolshops, Halifax

Social gatherings with national guidelines (Calder Valley):

Social gatherings of more than six people in England will not be allowed in law from Monday 14 September.

This is a maximum of six people from multiple households at a distance of 1m 'plus'.

Current guidance says you should only socialise indoors with members of up to two households.

The new rule applies to people in private homes, indoors and outdoors, and places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and public outdoor spaces.

It applies to all ages

Are there any exceptions to the rules?

Gatherings of more than six are ONLY allowed if your household or support bubble is larger than six, the gathering is in a school or work environment, weddings or funerals and team sports organised in a way limiting the spread of coronavirus.

People who ignore police could be fined £100 - doubling with each offence to a maximum of £3,200

Social gatherings with local lockdown guidelines (Halifax):

Multiple households cannot meet up inside properties or in private gardens.

This includes meeting up with people from other households at restaurant, bars, pubs or leisure venues.

Can't visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

How to play your part to beat the virus:

Washing hands regularly

Staying two metres apart

Wearing a face covering when we are indoors where we might come into contact with others, such as public transport, taxis, shops, museums and places of worship

Not visiting, or having visitors from, other households

Staying away from crowds and avoiding close contact with others, such as handshakes and hugs

Keeping up with guidance

Isolating for 10 days and getting a test if we have symptoms of COVID-19

Following the advice of the Test and Trace service if we have come into contact with someone with the virus.