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  • Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced
    Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the …more
  • What a “Local Lockdown” Looks Like
    The Government have introduced a local lockdown in the Midlands city of Leicester following a spike in Coronavirus cases there. This is a step that we are likely to see more often as the fight against the virus becomes more …more
  • Shielding advice update letter & video from the Government
    Last week the Government sent out a letter to everyone who has been shielding during the Coronavirus Pandemic spelling out the upcoming changes..   In the letter, they detail the two-stage easing of most of the shielding …more
  • Research shows COVID-19 might trigger diabetes
    A research study from Monash University in Australia has shown that COVID-19 might trigger diabetes in sufferers. While diabetes is already known to make people more vulnerable to COVID-19, the International Journal Nature has …more
  • How to get tested for coronavirus – capacity increased again
    Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day. Access to coronavirus testing increased further with six new ‘walk through’ …more
  • Local face mask exemption cards now available – print & wear
    West Yorkshire Metro have produced these print & wear face mask exemption cards to use on local bus and train services. From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, …more
  • Hairdressers, pubs and restaurants to reopen from 4 July
    Hairdressers and the hospitality sector will be able to reopen in England from 4 July, but it will be a different experience.  Here we report on the main changes you can expect. The new Government guidance sets out a range of …more
  • Reopening of tourism and attractions from 4 July
    Here are more details of how you can safely visit tourist attractions and book a holiday in England, following the announcement on 24 June of the reopening of visitor attractions from 4 July. A new Visit England standard will …more
  • New lockdown rules: Government advice
    On Tuesday 23 June the government announced a further easing of the lockdown measures in England from Saturday 4 July. The 2 metre social distancing rule will be replaced with a 1 metre rule, allowing pubs, restaurants and …more
  • Shielding advice to be eased from 6 July
    The government has today, 23 June, updated its advice for people who are shielding from COVID-19 including many elderly people from Monday 6 July. As infection rates from the virus fall, guidance for the 2.2 million people, …more
  • Living in social housing: Find out what government support is available
    Below is a letter from the Government Minister of State for Housing, to social housing residents in England setting out all the measures that are in place to support social housing residents during the next phase towards …more
  • Council continue support for vulnerable people
    Calderdale Council have confirmed they are continuing to offer support for vulnerable people who are shielding. They are also providing assistance to anyone who has been removed from the shielded list but who still needs food …more
  • Easy Read guidance for households with possible coronavirus
    The Government has now published guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection including an excellent “Easy Read” version. View All the Guides Download the Easy Read Guide (pdf) Share this:Click to share on Twitter …more
  • Eyesight problems worsen for many during lockdown
      With a survey showing that 22% of people noticed their vision get worse over the course of lockdown, optometrist practices will now be able to provide patient care. The College of Optometrists has announced that from …more
  • Steroid cuts death in ventilated patients by a third
    A cheap low dose steroid called dexamethasone has been found to reduce deaths in patients hospitalised with Covid-19 who need ventilation, according to preliminary results from the RECOVERY trial. The drug was also found to …more
  • Calderdale Council Update: Frequently Asked Questions for vulnerable residents
    If you believe you or a family member, friend or neighbour need additional support, take a look at these FAQ’s from Calderdale Council. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people …more
  • Put the toilet seat lid down before flushing to avoid spread of COVID-19
    Researchers in China have discovered that infectious particles from flushing toilets can be spread upwards. Although the spread of coronavirus has mainly been through coughing, sneezing and touching shared surfaces, it has now …more
  • Halifax town centre: new safety measures
    A number of changes are being made to the town centre, following the re-opening of non-essential shops and businesses on Monday 15 June. These actions will make the town more pedestrian friendly, while allowing for safer queuing …more
  • Mask Exemption Cards – Print & Wear
    From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus, coach, train, taxi or tram. Visit our Face Coverings page for more on when and where you need to wear them.  Here is the …more
  • Survey: health & care experiences during Covid-19
    If you have contacted (or tried to contact) health and care services during the Covid-19 outbreak, please fill in this survey. Whatever your experience, your views are wanted. Developed in partnership across Calderdale, between …more