Coronavirus News

26.05.2020 Timeline for retail to re-open in June, set out by Prime Minister. 
Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to re-open next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday 25 May. 

26.05.2020: Antibody tests for health and social care staff and their patients.
New antibody testing programme to provide tens of thousands of antibody tests per day across the UK from this week.

22.05.2020: Face coverings – when and wear to wear them
The Government is now advising the wearing of face coverings in some public spaces. Here we take a look at why you should were a face covering, when to wear one and how to use one to best effect.  

21.05.2020: coronavirus myths – what to look out for
As Coronavirus continues to dominate our lives, we explode some popular myths and stories circulating on social media and beyond.

21.05.2020: Domestic abuse: where and how to get help 
While cases of domestic violence nationwide have increased during the coronavirus outbreak, the household isolation instruction does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

20.05.2020: Calderdale council has produced a large print set of FAQs
These large print FAQs list the support available for vulnerable residents. 

20.05.2020: Council addresses direct payment concerns.
Here is a copy of a letter that Calderdale Council is sending out to recipients of direct payments from Adults or Children’s Services, addressing their concerns.

19.05.2020: Testing extended to everyone with symptoms
As of May 18 2020, everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test.

19.05.2020: COVID-19 symptoms update 
Loss of taste or smell has been added to the list of COVID-19 symptoms and should also be looked out for.

19.05.2020: Getting PPE if you care for a vulnerable person 
Calderdale Council has PPE available for anyone who provides care for a vulnerable person. Read more on eligibility.

19.05.2020: Sight loss: Helping you to help others during coronavirus
If you have older family members or friends who are experiencing sight loss, then you may be worried about how to provide the right help and support for them.

18.05.2020: Government begins study of coronavirus immunity 
A large scale Government funded study to help track the extent of the spread of coronavirus and understand levels of immunity and the role of genetics has started.

18.05.2020: Park Wood Crematorium to allow up to ten mourners
Mourners in Calderdale will soon be able to enter the chapel at Park Wood Crematorium once more to attend the funeral service of a loved one. 

15.05.2020: Age UK sounds warning on malnutrition in older people 
Recent increases in isolation and loneliness, combined with restricted access to shopping could leave many more older people malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

15.05.2020: Drug trial for over 50s now recruiting participants
A UK drugs trial which could help prevent people aged over 50 from developing more serious coronavirus symptoms is now recruiting participants from across the country including West Yorkshire. 

14.05.2020: Coronavirus FAQs – what you can and can’t do. 
This FAQ article is intended to answer many of the questions raised by the Government’s updated Coronavirus advice. 

14.05.2020: Scams: This week’s trends. Scams are still on the increase.  We bring you an update on the scams trending at the moment in West Yorkshire and more advice follows on how to spot suspicious emails and what to do with them to avoid being scammed.

13.05.2020: The Government has clarified its advice on staying safe and travelling safely.  

13.05.2020: Does easing restrictions apply to healthy 70 year olds and over?
This specific advice for older people is taken from the Government’s recent (May 10-11th 2020) FAQ on the changes to their Coronavirus advice.

13.05.2020: Wearing face coverings
The public is advised to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. This advice comes from the Department of Health and Social Care 

11.05.2020: New Government document – changed advice & future strategy

Following the Prime Minister’s speech on 10 May, announcing changes to various Coronavirus measures and restrictions, the Government have published a detailed new document outlining a lot of detail of how these changes will look and how further changes might be rolled out in the weeks and months ahead.

11.05.2020: Calderdale Council: FAQs for vulnerable residents

These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times. It is aimed at those who may be more vulnerable to the disease itself or the disruption it causes.

09.05.2020: Calderdale Council opens waste re-cycling centres on 11 May
Calderdale Council has announced it is re-opening two of their Household Waste Recycling Centres from Monday 11 May.

06.05.2020: Community Transport Calderdale – Shopping and GP Trips
Community Transport Calderdale has set up a shopping service for people on lockdown, particularly those from more vulnerable groups.

06.05.2020: Cash Delivery Payments For Vulnerable Via Post Office


Cash delivery payments are now available “for the most vulnerable individuals”  due to a Post Office and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) partnership initiative.

06.05.2020: What scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire?
The weekly round-up from Yorkshire Trading Standards.

06.05.2020: Macular Society publish newsletter
Read on to hear what has been happening at the Macular society and how people are still visiting their clinics.  A link to their full newsletter is at the foot of the page.