Experience Wakefield Again

It's time to Experience Wakefield Again

Following the lifting of national restrictions on 2 December, Wakefield has been placed in the highest alert category, Tier 3: Very High alert.

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 these restrictions will be reviewed by the government on 16 December.

Experience Wakefield Again

Where can I visit?

There’s still lots to see and do in Wakefield. Many venues and businesses in the district are still open, including most shops.

There are also many outdoor venues that you can explore, including local parks, country parks, woods, wetlands and more. To explore our great outdoors, click here.

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 indoors at any venue with anyone from outside your household or support bubble. 

You can continue to see friends and family you don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in groups of six or less in certain outdoor public spaces, such as parks. You should maintain social distancing at all times.

Can I visit Wakefield from outside the area?

You should avoid travelling between areas, 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 at 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. Please try to understand that businesses and venues are doing their best, and be patient with them.

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.

Test & Trace
Experience Wakefield Again

General Information

Even though many venues and businesses have reopened, the situation is still changing rapidly. 

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.