LIVE: West Yorkshire reacts to major local lockdown changes

Restrictions lifted in Kirklees, Bradford and Calderdale

The Government announced today (Friday) that from Wednesday, September 2, Kirklees, Bradford and Calderdale will have the same restrictions as the rest of the UK.

However, some areas in the three districts will remain in “local lockdown” for longer.

It follows discussions with local leaders, the Health Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and the Chief Medical Officer for England.

A significant drop in cases in the hotspot areas has now been achieved and means two households are now allowed to mix together again in all areas apart from those specified.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We brought in measures to protect people in these parts of Northern England, and I want to thank residents who have worked so hard to get on top of this virus.

“We’re seeing the positive results of our local approach, and are able to bring in increasingly targeted measures.

“It is vital we can maintain this good progress. I have every faith people across the county, especially in areas where we are seeing higher numbers of cases, will continue to play their part by following local rules, and self-isolating and requesting a free test as soon as they get any symptoms.”

YorkshireLive – Halifax