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Your Visit to Wakefield During the National Lockdown

Following the government's announcement, from 6 January, like the rest of England, Wakefield is under national lockdown.

Because of this, you might have some questions about your visit to Wakefield. We’ll try to answer them here, but if you have any additional questions, please email tourism@wakefield.gov.uk

Please note that we are trying to keep this page updated with any new information as it becomes available. You should always check before travelling. 

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Where can I visit?

Your visit to Wakefield should only be undertaken if it is strictly necessary. Otherwise, you should stay home. You can find a list of shops and restaurants offering delivery or takeaway here.

Many businesses in the district are still open, so you can shop for necessities, either for you or for a vulnerable person.

There are also many outdoor venues that you can explore for your daily exercise, including local parks, country parks, woods, wetlands and more. To explore our great outdoors, click here
Please be aware that due to their popularity, our country parks have been very busy, both the parks themselves and their car parks. This makes it hard for them to remain Covid secure, and puts visitors at risk. We therefore ask that you visit these only if they are your nearest parks - there are plenty of smaller parks in the district, which have loads to offer for you and your family. Try to visit these if they are local to you. 

Hospitality venues, including bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed, but they are still allowed to run takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services. You can find some of our food and drink from home options by clicking here.

You cannot visit indoor entertainment and tourist venues, as these venues are closed. This includes museums, theatres, casinos, soft play areas, bowling alleys, cinemas, amusement arcades and others. For a full list, please click here

When can I visit?

Many venues are operating different or reduced opening hours. It’s important that you check the venue you want to visit before you travel.
Accommodation (such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses) are closed (except for work or education and training) and you should therefore avoid overnight stays.

Who can I visit with?

You must only travel with your household or support bubble. You must not socialise with anyone from outside your household or support bubble. 

You can exercise with one person from another household, but only if you are on your own. You should maintain social distancing at all times.

Can I visit Wakefield from outside the area?

No. You should avoid travelling from outside the district, unless your journey is for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey. Please check government advice on travel by clicking here

How can I stay safe during my visit?

Remember, Hands. Face. Space.

Make sure you wash your hands regularly, and for 20 seconds or longer.

Please wear a mask or face covering wherever possible. Face coverings are mandatory for visitors to all indoor public spaces, public transport and taxis, unless you have an exemption.

Make sure that you follow all social distancing guidelines and adhere to any one-way systems that have been put in place.

Please also check in using the Test and Trace app wherever you are asked to do so. If you do not have the app, please be prepared to leave your name and contact details for tracing purposes.

Is there anything else I should know?

We want you to have a brilliant time when you visit Wakefield, but we also need to make sure we keep everyone safe.
That may mean your experience when you visit us is a bit different than you remember. At the moment, while we are locked down, this is especially true. Please try to understand that businesses and venues are doing their best, and be patient with them.

Our homepage has lots of ideas of things you can do to experience Wakefield at home - have a look!

Good to Go

Good to Go

Good to Go is the official UK mark to let visitors know that the business or venue which displays it has been assessed and follows all the government and public health guidelines to make their business COVID-19 secure. This includes maintaining high standards of cleanliness and making sure visitors can safely social distance, as well as having all the required processes in place to allow them to reopen and stay open.

Look for it when you’re out and about as your guarantee that the business has done everything it needs to do to keep visitors safe.

You can find out more information about the Good to Go scheme here, or find a list of venues on Experience Wakefield here.

If you’re a business or other venue, and you don’t see yourself listed, get in touch with us here.

NHS Test & Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country's ongoing COVID-19 response. If we can rapidly detect people who have recently come into close contact with a new COVID-19 case, we can take swift action to minimise transmission of the virus. 

Playing your part:

- share your details with venues that are participating with NHS Test and Trace 
- if you develop symptoms, you must self-isolate with other members of your household and get a test to find out if you have coronavirus
- if you test positive for coronavirus, you must share information promptly about your recent contacts through the NHS Test and Trace service to help them alert other people who may need to self-isolate
- if you have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate if the NHS Test and Trace service advises you to do so

Find out more about NHS Test and Trace here.

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General Information

The situation is changing rapidly, and although we are doing our best to keep this page updated, we are not always able to react as quickly as we would like.

Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the NHS website.

All planned Council events across the district remain cancelled. For further information please visit http://bit.ly/CoronaWFD

Advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19 can be found HERE. More information about other schemes can be found HERE.