Help Us Stop the Spread – Coronavirus Alert

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit the Council’s website here

Calderdale remains in Tier 2 with regards to Coronavirus restrictions. It is up to everyone to ensure we observe the recommended guidelines to control the spread of the virus.

Remember: Hands – Face – Space

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain a 2m distance where possible
  • Wear a face covering
  • Don’t exchange visits with other households
  • Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors.
  • Keep yourself informed
  • Isolate if you have symptoms

If you suspect you have contracted Coronavirus, get tested.
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Local restrictions in Calderdale to tackle Coronavirus

Tier 2

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit the Council’s website here…

As of Wednesday 14th October, restrictions in Calderdale are changing.

Calderdale has been identified as a Tier 2 area in the new national tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions. (Announced by the Government on Monday 12th October 2020.)

There are three tiers in the new system:

  • Tier 1 – Medium Alert level. The minimum level of restrictions applicable to all of England.
  • Tier 2 – High Alert level. Applies in certain geographical areas or nationally. This is when there has been a rise in COVID-19 transmission, which cannot be contained through local responses.
  • Tier 3 – Very High Alert level. Triggered in certain geographical areas or nationally when:
    • Tier 2 measures have not contained the spread of the virus;
    • or where there has been a significant rise in transmission.

The Tier 2 restrictions, which apply throughout Calderdale from Wednesday 14th October, are as follows. The main difference, compared to the previous local restrictions, is that more than one household, up to the rule of six, can meet outdoors in private gardens and open spaces, as well as outside in hospitality, retail and leisure settings. However, more than one household must still not meet inside homes or indoors in hospitality, retail and leisure venues.

In addition to the national restrictions which apply to the whole country, in Calderdale these restrictions also apply:

  • People must not socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed in law.
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).
  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
  • Informal carers can provide care for children and vulnerable adults. Children under 14 can be cared for by people outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble. Children’s groups and supervised activities in private homes are permitted, as is registered and wraparound childcare.

It is important that we all follow these measures to do our bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Calderdale.

Source Article in the Calderdale Council website

Calderdale named High Risk Area for Covid-19

For the most up to date information on Coronavirus, visit the Council’s website here…

Calderdale has been recognised as an area of concern with regards to Covid-19, particularly due to its proximity to Covid-19 hotspots.

We are all encouraged to be more cautious about our habits and behaviour in public. Please bear in mind the following guidelines :

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain a 2m distance where possible
  • Wear a face covering
  • Don’t exchange visits with other households
  • Avoid crowded spaces, especially indoors.
  • Keep yourself informed
  • Isolate if you have symptoms

If you suspect you have Coronavirus, get tested

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Looking for Community Covid19 Champions

Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

You could be just the person we are looking for!

We are looking to recruit volunteer Community Covid19 Champions to help share information within communities and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.

Community Covid19 Champions    

  • Receive the latest information, updates and advice about Covid-19.oun
  • Share the information with other people in their community however they want to. This could be conversations with family & friends, via social media or any other way they choose.
  • Let us know what is and isn’t working in their community so we can make sure we respond together in the way that will work best for each community.
  • Have access to regular support meetings to ask questions and provide feedback.

With a wider understanding of Covid-19, Government guidance and local information Community Covid19 Champions can help protect themselves, their family, friends and work mates.

To find out more about becoming a Community Covid19 Champion please contact

Family Roller Skating is back at the YMCA in Halifax

The YMCA in Halifax are excited to announce the recommencing of their Family Skating Sessions!

Sessions are every week on Friday 6pm – 8p and on weekends, Saturday and Sunday between 12pm – 1.30pm.

In line with the COVID guidelines, you are advised to book your place in advance or entry cannot be guaranteed as places are strictly limited.

Participants must wear face coverings, as per the face mask guidelines.

The sessions take place in the YMCA, The Marlborough Hall, 13 Crossley St, Halifax HX1 1UG.
Telephone: 01422 353626

For more information:

YMCA Halifax

Disability Partnership Calderdale latest newsletter 21-27 September 2020

The latest Disability Partnership Calderdale Newsletter is out.

This week it is about the Local Restrictions in Calderdale, discussion around Hate Crime, Exemption cards and other information about Coronavirus and where to find help.


Download latest Disability Partnership Calderdale newsletter


Six months of Covid-19. How are we doing?

It’s been six months since the beginning of lockdown. We had half a year of a previously unimaginably confusing state of living. For many it brought additional stressors to the fore, perhaps helping or forcing us to reframe our lives.

Usually at this stage of the year we’d all be asking one another in passing where the year’s gone. Perhaps this year has flown quicker than previous years. Or not quickly enough?

Schools have reopened, lockdown has been relaxed, then new restrictions have been introduced.

How are we getting on with the present state of things?  As we are carving out the new way of life, now more than ever may present an  opportunity to instigate valuable changes in our lives.

There are many venues that offer exactly this opportunity. Many organisations invite people to make contact and offer assistance to those most affected, although for the first time this affects each and every one of us.

Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative have launched our own Reimagining Communities, in which we encourage these conversations, the sharing of thoughts and ideas, in the hope that we can turn this confusing situation into an opportunity.

Speaking for myself, at this time of the year, I would typically be discussing how  I spent summer holidays or plan a last minute escape.

I was lucky enough to be able to board a plane, after three cancelled attempts before that. Until the last minute, I expected to be told that the flight is cancelled and would have to turn back. That fear didn’t leave me until the plane was off the ground and only after I stepped off at my destination did I allow myself to believe that I had actually made it.

I suppose that made me aware of one great impedance due to the COVID-19, the restriction of free movement. Transport is again resumed but with stricter measures. Venues of entertainment have reluctantly opened and they operate heavily scrutinised. Exercise clubs and societies had to reinvent themselves. Places of leisure are open but need booking in advance. Cafés and restaurants request that you complete a locator form. Not to mention the compulsory quarantining after returning from some countries.

We would be keen on hearing your thoughts on any of these matters or anything else. Six months on, we’re still recovering and realising how our lives have changed, perhaps for a long while yet.

The World Health Organisation has said, the day we beat the virus is not when the vaccine is released but when we can live with the disease and carry on regardless. That day may well be tomorrow.

So… how are we living with it?

Join the discussion with Reimagining Communities