Coronavirus updates – Kirklees

We are continuing to work closely with Public Health England to minimise the risk of coronavirus to the public in Kirklees

Please see the NHS website for the latest information about Coronavirus.

Good hygiene is the very best prevention. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

How to help safely:

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons, and one of these is to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. Even when you are doing this, you need to do so safely. Read Coronavirus: How to help safely for full guidance from the Government.

Stay at home

From now on, the message is clear – stay at home unless you need to leave for:

  • Essential shopping
  • To exercise once a day, whether this is a run, a walk or a bike ride
  • For medical need
  • To help others
  • Travel to and from work, but only if necessary

School closures:

See our response to the Government’s decision to close schools from 20 March 2020.

If you have concerns about access to either school places or childcare, just fill out a Covid-19 education and childcare enquiry form and we’ll be in touch to help.

Please only use this service if you have a vulnerable child or you’re classed as a key worker (also referred to as critical workers) and have already contacted your school or childcare provider.

Community pack:

We’ve put together a pack to support you and your community during the
ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus.

We’ve also put together a list of ways you can help in your community.

Businesses:

The Government has announced a package of financial and other measures to help manage impacts on businesses, including business rates reliefs, statutory sick pay reliefs, small business grants and loans.

Symptoms:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

How long to stay at home:

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“I really want to reassure people that we’re working very closely with Public Health England to keep the risk to people in Kirklees as low as possible.

“This is completely unprecedented circumstances for everyone and all we can do as a local authority is follow the guidance from Government and make decisions locally that we believe best protect people, their communities, families and loved ones.

“The biggest strength we have in Kirklees is our togetherness and I urge local people to look out for each other the best you can. If you are fit and able, offer help to those who need it. My promise to residents is that we will do all we can to make this period as easy and as manageable as we possibly can for you.”

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99 comments

  • What is not clear is this a case of self isolation or hospitalisation. It states ‘presumed’ not confirmed. When will it be it be confirmed if it is a full blown case.

    • Hi Peter, the national figures are currently being updated, once it shows on there it will be classed as confirmed ^CD

      • I am 66 I have heart failure and vascular disease also asthma and copd work related these ailments combined leave me very breathless. I have not left my house since Jan for fear of covid 19, I have had no notification that im vunerable or at risk. I registered at gov.org and the government page instructed people who think they are at risk to contact their gp so i did.My gp sent a text message stating that government hasnt confirmed criteria yet. I also suffer complex ptsd from my time spent in active service that wasnt dealt with for many years. I have no support I have spent 10 weeks over with next to no contact and I am unable to get delivery slots for food or essentials.my gp is not seeing patients only by phone they cant take my blood pressure or oxygen sats.I get the feeling of being abandoned at this present time to say my anxiety is bad would be an understatement the future looks quite bleak to me at the moment. I fear there are many like myself in this situation that feel forgoten expendable.My health conditions are serious and debilitating I an prone to infections some of which needed hospital treatment. So my question is does the government consider people like me as vunerable and in need of help and will the government look urgently at this because I dont think im the only one being overlooked my heart department considers me as being at high risk especially taking into account my other serious long term illnesses. If I go out i could well die my food wont last forever its quiete worrying.I look forward to your reply be safe kind regards john..

      • Hi John, I am sorry to hear this. We don’t want any of our residents to feel isolated and abandoned can you please send me your contact details, full name and full address to communications@kirklees.gov.uk I will pass them onto someone to contact you as soon as possible. All the best ^CP

      • Hello,

        Could you confirm that all offices in the Empire house in dewsbury are closed?

  • Why no information about where in Kirklees this new Coronavirus case is located and movements of this person. Kirklees is a big area. How can one take appropriate action without being informed? Therefore I shall just stay inside and spend nothing even though I am in Meltham and was planning to go shopping at Morrison’s in Meltham. If I knew for example that the positive tested person is in say Dewsbury I would not have stayed in. Is it your intention to cultivate fear through lack of information?

    • Hi Eric, thanks for commenting. It is not our intention to ‘ cultivate fear through lack of information’. We cannot give any information about the patient, including where they are from, to respect their confidentiality. This is not our decision to make but we do support it. Please be reassured that regardless of where the patient is from, it is safe to continue with everyday life as normal. Good hygiene is the very best prevention. The patient has been in isolation since they returned to the country. Public Health England has already been in contact with everyone this person has been in contact with. For more information and advice visit http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirus

      • How on earth is letting people know the location of infections breaching anyone’s confidentiality? This is a ridiculous statement. Somebody who can work out a person’s identity just from a geographic location of, say, Dewsbury or Batley would have to be the world’s greatest detective. This is information absolutely necessary to help stop the spread of infection. We are advised “..if you have come into contact with a person who has coronavirus, you should self isolate”. How can we do that when Kirklees is refusing to provide crucial information.

        Refusal to advise people where these cases are geographically located is a serious case of mismanagement and incompetence. The public have a right to protect themselves.

    • Their general area is not a confidential piece of information. Not sharing it is putting people at risk. Please advise which confidentiality law you would be breaking if you were to say “a resident of Dewsbury” for example.

  • You don’t fancy informing the public which area of Kirklees the infected person comes from. Not interested in personal details such as the street or the persons name but an area may help people to be more diligent in their habits?

    • Hi Ray, We cannot give any information about the patient, including where they are from, to respect their confidentiality. This is not our decision to make but we do support it. Please be reassured that regardless of where the patient is from, it is safe to continue with everyday life as normal. Good hygiene is the very best prevention. The patient has been in isolation since they returned to the country. Public Health England has already been in contact with everyone this person has been in contact with. For more information and advice visit http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirus

      • Not good enough .If not your decision whose? The first responsibility of Government is to protect its citizens,plural.You are taking privacy too far.As someone who meets four of the high risk factors I want to know which part of Kirklees is involved ,Huddersfield,Dewsbury,or the parishes.I do not want to isolate myself if some areas are free of the virus although I accept that it cannot be 100% known.

      • George Milenovic

        Are kirklees council going to help with rent for council tenants, i am the only earner in the family and my workplace has been shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, now i am worried that i wont be able to pay my rent

  • I don’t see why you can’t just ask permission from the patient to say what part of Kirklees it is. Clearly it is creating some panic if everybody wants to know.

  • Could you please advise when you will have info on the grants available to businesses that qualify for SBBR? This is a much needed grant and with limited availability I would like to know as much as possible to enable an early application. Thanks.

  • There is no advice for people like myself who are immune suppressive
    After getting my vaccines I’ve been told by my nurse to self isolate even though I don’t have anything in at high risk

  • How on earth is letting people know the location of infections breaching anyone’s confidentiality? This is a ridiculous statement. Somebody who can work out a person’s identity just from a geographic location of, say, Dewsbury or Batley would have to be the world’s greatest detective. This is information absolutely necessary to help stop the spread of infection. We are advised “..if you have come into contact with a person who has coronavirus, you should self isolate”. How can we do that when Kirklees is refusing to provide crucial information.

    Refusal to advise people where these cases are geographically located is a serious case of mismanagement and incompetence. The public have a right to protect themselves.

  • A scripted response. All people need to know is where we are at higher risk. Not the name or street. If you don’t know where the embers are how can you prevent a fire !!!

  • When are we going to see more testing centers set up. Every report we see say that the number of confirmed cases is about 1400 “but the real figure is thousands higher”. The only way to know the real extent is to increase the amount testing !

  • Are you planning to offer rate payers both domestic and business that are affected by temporary closures assuming we go that far any Rates payment holidays for a month or two

  • With Easter almost upon us, some families will have had holidays booked during the school holiday that will not be going ahead due to Covid-19. Will these families be permitted to take holidays during term time without financial penalty especially if covid 19 continues into the school summer break which is the only other time where families could take a prelonged break.

    • Hi Paul, thanks for your comment. The laws about children missing school are set by central government. We don’t know whether the laws might change but we are monitoring the situation. Kind regards ^EMT

  • What a load rubbish not informing us the area concerned, peoples lives are at risk through lack of information, this country is quick to tell other countries what to do but yet we are worse and more secretive, its about time common sense prevailed

  • So we now have 3 confirmed cases in Kirklees. Are they hospital admissions? How much is it circulating in the community? How will we know without testing and without those self-isolating reporting symptoms? Schools won’t know if they have an actual case. We need more information.. Not location but at least to know if they have caught it from an already confirmed case or through unknown community transmission….

  • How about closing the schools? Is that a central government decision or o local one?

  • Please could you direct me to a link where I can find the number of actual cases of coronavirus in Kirklees as well as deaths in Kirklees that can be directly attributed to coronavirus in Kirklees? Thanks.

  • Mike Butterworth

    What is happening to events at the town halls? Will the be postponed or are tickets being refunded?

  • We have to learn from China that the only way to get this epidemic under control is to completely stop contact with other people and keep everyone in their homes. Telling people to wash their hands is NOT EFFECTIVE as Italy has now realised. One of the big problems is that some people carry the virus without having symptoms so they carry on their normal lives whilst infecting many others. We have to put our lives on hold and SHUT DOWN. We need support systems in place to help people. Also we need FAR MORE testing. And finally what’s the point of patient confidentiality when so many people are likely to die?

  • Hi could you please give an update on weddings and whether your registrars are still providing a service? Thank you

    • Hi Zoe, at this moment there have been no cancellations with the registrar’s service. However, this can change as new information is being released by government officials on a daily basis. Kind Regards ^EMT

  • Schools shut great, groups of 10 to 20 kids roaming the streets not so great.

  • Went to Howden Clough waste tip this afternoon (Sunday). Workers on site but gates shut and locked. Couldn’t get any info out of them whether tips shut permanently or on restricted hours … very grumpy (them not me). Have searched this Kirklees website but no info on any changes to normal opening hours for Howden Clough tip. Please let me know whether we can still access tips for garden waste and if so, when.

  • Hello. Please can you advise whether the Kirklees tips are remaining open. I heard Cumberworth was closed at the weekend. Thank You

  • hello, could someone advise regarding waste centres and how we manage waste during this time, as birstall appears to be closed.

  • Glenn Rika-Rayne

    Are waste sites open ?

  • What is happening with rent and council tax payments for those self isolating and on sick pay?

  • Hi,
    Do you know if the government are giving the small businesses £2500 per employee OR Per month for all the employees to be shared out between them?

    Also have you heard any information in regards to Nab Lane waste site being re-opened?
    Thank you

  • Can i still go to my allotment on Somerset rd i live on kilburn close. Were locked by walls and metal padlocked gates
    In there no ones seems to be going down so me and hubby are on our own. Can it be classed as exercise.

    • Hi Fran, our Allotments remain open for people to take daily exercise, people using them must follow the advice below:
      Daily exercise does not mean spending the whole day on your plot – it is recommended that you visit for a short period of time.

      ● If you are self-isolating then it is important that you do not go to the allotment at all
      ● Visit the plot on your own or with people who live in your house, not with friends
      ● Use hand sanitiser or gloves before opening and closing any gates and handling padlocks
      ● Wear disposable gloves and change them regularly
      ● Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and clean your hands regularly
      ● Do not wash your hands in water troughs/barrels
      ● Observe Social Distancing keep 2 metres apart from other people
      ● Please do not enter anyone else’s plot, even if you have had prior permission
      ● Do not share tools and wipe your own tools down after use
      ● Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
      All communal facilities, where there are any, are closed, including any toilets.

      Kind Regards ^CP

  • Hi, after Mr Johnson’s directive last night, will the market still be open to enable me to buy fruit and veg in order to prevent a supermarket trip? Thanks.

    • Hi Dianne, the council’s markets in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, and Cleckheaton will be open on their regular markets days to provide local people with access to much needed essential supplies, specifically fresh food products such as fruit & veg, meat, fish, bread and dairy products. King Regards^ CP

  • Will you be offering rent or council tax support? My work is wanting me to self isolate for 12 weeks due to me and my children being classed as vulnerable (medical problems) however i am currently on a flexi contract so although they will pay my wage, it will only be the standard 11 hours a week. I won’t be able to pay rent, council tax or buy food with that let alone pay my bills

  • Please can you tell me what restrictions are being put on kirklees crematorium funerals. Will there be a set number of immediate family able to attend.

  • Hi in view of yesterday’s increased travel limitations I’m concerned about being able to move house next week. Apart from the removals firm being unable to move me due to sickness, there is no advice anywhere. Can you advise, please ?
    Thank you
    Rachel

  • some councils are stopping bin collections are Kirklees continuing with a full service ?

  • Hi Kirklees
    I can’t find anywhere on your website whether bin collections are.being made. I have conflicting information. One family members says yes another says no
    As we have a lot of wastage from.clinical supplies and are assisted bin collections are there any alternative arrangements being for people like me
    I know having your bins emptied is not a life or death situation…I’m merely asking so I know if I have to store extra bags somewhere

  • George Milenovic

    What about help with rent due to not being able to work?

  • Jonathan Reddon

    There’s been little to no mention of what office workers should do. I work in a small office in Dewsbury, and there’s often far less than 2 metres between the 6 of us. I work in the service industry and my work can’t be done from home. What should I do? Go to work or stay at home?

  • with every person being told to stay at home and only go out if absolutely necessary. can you tell me why greenhead park hasnt been locked up and why people were acting like it was a holiday??

    • Hi Chris, in line with government guidance, the council have kept parks and open spaces open to allow people to exercise at a safe distance from each other. We have however closed play areas, courts, bowling greens, skate parks within the parks to discourage people from touching equipment, and gathering in groups. If people continue to act irresponsibly by meeting with people from outside their household, and not keeping 2M apart when exercising then we may have to close these spaces. Kind regards ^EMT

  • Please explain how takeaways not offering delivery, and providing collection only are classed as essential services ? A takeaway is classed as a luxury not an essential.
    This is clearly placing staff and customers at risk.
    All takeaways offering collection only need shutting down NOW, and a deep clean before allowed to reopen after this is over.

    • Hi George, Our Environmental Health team will take the lead on enforcing the current and any future legislation in relation to premises which should remain closed at this time. Companies are allowed to register to carry out a takeaway service. Some may include collection. However, those companies need to ensure they are following government guidelines. We have just updated an article on our work with the police to ensure compliance with government regulation. You can read more here: https://bit.ly/2vY4UaL Kind Regards ^CP

  • We are in work but all of our disabled clients have been told we are closed. The council expect us to continue coming to work even though it is not essential. Should we be here and should the council pay us to be off?

    • Hi Andrew, to be able to answer your question can you tell me where it is you work or what you do? Kind Regards ^CP

  • Leeds Council have announced that their car parks and on-street parking will be free

    “Council-run car parks and on-street parking bays in Leeds will be free to use from today in light of the Corina pandemic. Parking charges for all Leeds City Council car parks and on-street car parking will be suspended until further notice, with priority given to NHS and social work staff and other key workers.”

    Will Kirkless Council do the same?

    • Hi Amar, we are working with our partner agencies in the emergency services to make sure that any of their staff who need access to parking, on street and in council car parks, know how to access this for free. Kind regards ^EMT

      • How will you be letting Social Care staff know as those out in the community do not have an email address, Thanks.

      • Hi Nikki, we are contacting all social care staff who work in the community to keep them updated on advice as it comes from government and Public Health England. If you have any specific concerns please contact your line manager who should be able to offer further advice and support. Kind Regards ^CP

  • Hi
    Does anybody have an idea if you are under the high risk category (I have Asthma) if you are advised to have 12 weeks off work under self isolation ?
    Also If this is the case has your employer got to abide by this and you get the 80% scheme for the 12 weeks?
    Thanks

  • Hi I live on Manchester Rd, Linthwaite. There has been no bin collection on the 26th is this still likely to happen or should I bring my bins back in ?

    • Hi Richard, we are currently emptying all bins as normal. Due to some planned operational changes, the bin reminders have been paused. If you are unsure which bin is due to be emptied this week please check online. https://bit.ly/2QSEkab King Regards ^CP

  • Both my dad and the wife’s aunt and uncle both have council tax due april. They are isolated,purely due to their agegroup. We are now doing their shopping for them etc, as per the rules. Where will be able to accept their council tax payments from us please? (Or advise accordingly. Thanks.)

    • Hi Gary, thank you for following the guidance. Please contact the team directly on 01484 414900. They will be able to answer your query. Kind Regards CP

  • When are we going to see the form for a grant for small business? Ifit coming by post I haven’t seen a postman all week, other councils are now paying out, but we haven’t even seen the application form!

  • Wiltshire Council are now announcing that they are going to allow changes to council tax payments for the year so that the two free months can be April and May this year, rather than February and March next year, so the ten payment months are June to March. As a private renter who has had to take a pay cut (and is unlikely to see any rent cut/holiday from my landlord) this would be very helpful under current circumstances.
    Is this something kirklees can look at emulating?

  • Miss Julie A Moxon

    Hi please can you advise if parking near st Georges street car park is free? I need to get to work and have been paying the £4.00 daily fee. I usually park in the car park there but it looks closed. Thank you

  • I have a takeaway in Huddersfield,we have delivery service every night as far as I know we have to stay open until we were told to close the shop,my question is, am l entitle to get grant money or loan from government? if I am, do I have to pay it back or not.please let me know. Thank you.

    • Hi Mojtaba, businesses in Kirklees who qualify for one of the Government’s coronaviruses Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund will receive a letter this week from the council and can now complete an online form to ensure swift payment. For more information you can visit: https://bit.ly/2ykPTAF Kind Regards ^ CP

  • I am 70 with no medical conditions but my mother will be 93 in May (hopefully) For years I have shopped at Sainsburys Shorehead Every Thursday for the last 6 years I have also shopped for my mother I have never used online shopping I have tried every way possible to register for online shopping as my mother can’t. I eventually got through by phone to attempt to register and was asked my date of birth but I didn’t lie and say I had underlying health problems as I was using my nectar card to register (my mother doesn’t have one)I was speaking to a recording. At the end of the call I was told I would receive an SMS message to enable me to register 3 days later I am still waiting. I tried to register on line at Sainsburys and although I am 70 I was told I couldn’t cos their details didn’t concur – despite having my DOB My niece who used to do an online shop for her at ASDA every 6 weeks has been trying to get a slot for her for 2 weeks to no avail. I would love someone to tell me how I can actually speak to a person to explain this situation Sainsburys Chatline is off line Thankyou

    • Hi Lynda, Sorry to hear you are having issues with your local shop. The local contact number for the sainsburys showerhead store is 01484 429277. They should be able to help you. if not the head office number is 020 7695 6000 as an alternative. All the best ^ CP

  • Hi am trying to find out if there is a Kirklees wide response to the suggestion reception, year 1 and year 6 students may return to school at the earliest 1st June as well as a Kirklees wide response to the return of nursery children. I am confused over what to think given that some Local authorities and the Head teacher for the school my daughter goes to are saying categorically that they think its too early to be sending them back. My understanding that some Local Authorities are saying its too early as their infection rates are still going up? Is this the case for Kirklees? Have Kirklees given the schools in Kirklees any direction as to how to proceed either backing Central Governments plans or disagreeing with these plans?

  • I have just been watching the Goverment covid update on BBC. Kirklees outbreaks have been mentioned 3 times by Matt Hancock, yet nothing on the Council website. This information should be communicated publically so people can avoid specific areas where the outbreak is.

  • I recently visited the Eye Pharmacy at Ravensthorpe retail park. On entering the store I saw many glasses on display on carousels and display boards. I was not approached by staff or asked if I needed any help. Beyond the glasses display area was a table and beyond this the pharmacy. As I wanted to try on the glasses I asked one of the pharmacy team if the glasses had been sanitised. I was advised that they hadn’t. I was shocked and said, they need to be, there is a risk of catching the virus from someone who is infected trying on the glasses. The reply was that Opticals were not their responsibility and that area of the shop was not open anyway. Their was no notice advising customers that the optical area of the store was closed or that glasses must not be tried on. I believe that all the glasses should be immediately removed from display to avoid the risk of contamination.
    Furthermore, I find it inconceivable that a team of health professionals would take such an irresponsible, dismissive and potentially dangerous attitude given the current pandemic.

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