Changes to bus services from 4th October 2020

Changes to bus services from 4th October 2020 


First and Arriva are changing bus services in Leeds from Sunday 4th October due to the reopening of The Headrow in the city centre. Specific changes that will affect Leeds 16 are that the number 1 bus will terminate at Lawnswood and a new service the number 8 will service Lawnswood to Holt Park.


For full details of changes


NHS doctors look to tackle misinformation about coronavirus

The local NHS has bought together NHS doctors and public health to talk about misinformation about coronavirus on Tuesday 29 September, from 6 to 7.30pm on NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Facebook page

The speakers for the evening are Dr Mo Sattar, Dr Andrew Lee, Dr Mizanul Hoque, and Dr Najeeb Rahman. This first session is part of a number of online health education sessions that the CCG will be looking to hold in response to feedback from local people looking for trusted information online.

Dr Mohammed Sattar, GP in Leeds, said: “There’s a lot of misinformation about coronavirus, you hear different things from a number of sources and feel overwhelmed with so much information that you don’t know what to believe.

“The purpose of this Facebook Live session is to explore some of that misinformation, this includes social distancing, how you can reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, when to get tested and myth busting. We want people to hear what GPs and other health professionals are saying to take away that learning, and to share with family, friends and people within their communities.

“There’s so much information on social media, some of it which is true and some of it isn’t. Some of us will take in what’s being said on the news whether this is in England or your home country. However, we need to feel assured that the information we hear and read is accurate and reliable. Having this live session, we’re hoping to uncover some of the information which may be misleading and inaccurate.”

Dr Jason Broch, GP and Clinical Chair at NHS Leeds CCG, said: “By running the Facebook Live session we’re hoping to provide misinformation about coronavirus.

“It’s an opportunity for people learn more and they can submit their questions to the speakers in advance or on the day of the live session. I would strongly encourage Leeds residents to join the session, we can only overcome misinformation about coronavirus if we hear the truth from healthcare professionals who will give advice in line with the current government guidelines. Visit the NHS website which has the most up to date and accurate information about coronavirus.

“Over the coming months we will be looking to deliver more of these sessions, this will include winter health and cancer signs and symptoms, as well as prevention.”

Join the Facebook Live session on Tuesday 29 September, from 6 to 7.30pm on NHS Leeds CCG Facebook page

Questions to the speakers can be sent in advance of the live session, they can be sent by email or by Facebook or Twitter

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NHS Covid19 app launches today

If you have a smartphone you can now download the NHS Covid 19 app from today. The more people who use the app the more useful it will be and so everyone over 16 in England and Wales is asked to download it.As well as contact tracing, health chiefs say the goal is to change people’s behaviour to make them less likely to catch or transmit the coronavirus.

Apple and Google’s automated contact-tracing technology will be used to tell people to self-isolate if their phone detects they were near someone later determined to have the virus.
But there’s more, including:
  • a venue check-in barcode scanner
  • a postcode-based risk-level checker
  • a symptoms-reporter tool
  • the means to order a coronavirus test and receive its results
  • a countdown timer to keep track of how long to stay in self-isolation
  • a guide to the latest advice on local restrictions, financial support and other related information

There’s more information about the app and how it works here:

You can download it by going to Google Play on an android phone or Apple App Store on iPhones and searching for  “NHS Covid-19”.  Or there is a guide if you need some help downloading it:

Unfortunately it doesn’t work on some older smartphones.

I downloaded it this morning and it looks fairly simple to use – Valerie

Covid “Enhanced Support” status for Leeds and texts to vulnerable residents

The Government decided not to put new local lockdown restrictions on Leeds this week but it has been moved up to being an area of concern and to receive enhanced national support to help curb the rise in coronavirus cases.  A statement from Leeds City Council is here :

Leeds City Council are texting the most vulnerable residents (on the shielding list) and are asking everyone to take care to protect the vulnerable – and all of us in the city:


Further changes to lockdown rules from today

From 15th August the following will be allowed to resume providing they adhere to all relevant Covid safety guidelines:

  • Indoor theatre, music and performance venues will be able to reopen with socially distanced audiences.
  • The piloting of spectators at sporting events will resume, with a limited number of fans expected to be allowed to watch the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre over the weekend.
  • Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and soft play centres will be allowed to reopen.
  • “Close contact” beauty services such as facials, eyebrow threading and eyelash treatments will resume.
  • Wedding receptions for up to 30 guests will be permitted.
  • Pilots will take place at conference venues ahead of the expected resumption of business events from October 1 at the earliest.

All the details about what the current rules are:

At the same time the penalties for not following guidelines are increasing – you can now be fined up £100 if you refuse to wear a face covering in places where you are required to(this is most indoor public places) and this doubles if you are fined again up to a maximum of £3,200.  Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings and you can find full information about where a face covering is required and who is exempt here:

There is also planned to be a clampdown on illegal large gatherings, with extra police patrols and organisers can be fined up to £10,000.

Places where face coverings are needed from today

A reminder that there are more places where you will need to wear a face covering from today.  These are all places where it has been recommended previously but will become mandatory now.

Additional information on

For members of the public, from 8 August the places where you will have to wear a face covering will be expanded to include:

  • funeral directors
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage centres
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • place of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services.
  • auction houses

You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Coronavirus update information from Leeds City Council


Information on local clusters of spread and a reminder of our local outbreak plan

The latest data and monitoring has enabled us to quickly identify clusters of cases in Kirkstall and Harehills, and surrounding areas.

The city’s seven day rolling average has also been gradually increasing from 4.1 cases per 100,000 people early last week, to 13.3 as at 5 August.

As part of the city’s outbreak planning, steps are being taken in priority areas in an effort to stop further increase in cases and to stay on top of community transmission.

These include:

  • Additional support for families in the affected areas who are self-isolating;
  • Mobile testing units deployed at Fearnville and Kirkstall leisure centres to help people access community testing
  • Working with nurseries, care homes and places of worship to promote important messages about testing, symptoms and preventative measures.

Council and Public Health England officials are also calling for people in these communities and across Leeds to continue to play their part in keeping themselves and others safe by following the latest advice.

We can all play a part in preventing further spread and restrictions if we wear face coverings, wash our hands regularly, maintain social distancing and self-isolate and get tested if any symptoms appear.

Information on how to stay safe can be found here.

For more details about outbreak planning in Leeds and steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19, please visit our website.

Changes to shielding from today – but other lockdown easing on hold

From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.

This means:

  • the government will no longer be advising you to shield
  • If you were receiving Government food box deliveries they will stop
  • you will still be eligible for priority supermarket slots (if you have registered by 17 July)
  • NHS Volunteer Responders will carry on delivering the food you buy, prescriptions and essential items to you if you need it
  • Leeds City Council can still help with food parcels, shopping and picking up medicines. If you need help, you can contact the Leeds Coronavirus helpline on 0113 378 1877
  • And you can still call Caring Together for any advice or support you need

You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible.

If you have been following all the shielding guidelines since March then it is natural that you may feel a little nervous about these changes so please only make changes at a pace you feel comfortable with.

More details on the website

Local advice and information is available at

Postponement of other lockdown easement

The further easing of lockdown restrictions in England – due to come in this weekend – has been postponed for at least two weeks, due to concerns about coronavirus rates

This means that the following will not be able to take place until 15 August, at the earliest:

the reopening of casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services
indoor performances
pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres
the expansion of wedding receptions to allow up to 30 people
beauty treatments that involve the face, such as eyelash, eyebrow and threading treatments

In addition, face coverings will become mandatory in more indoor places such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship

New local lockdown rules for parts of West Yorkshire (not Leeds)

Last night the government annouced new rules for parts of the country with high infection rates, effective from today.  This is NOT directly applicable to Leeds, but does include Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale, so anyone who has friends or family in that area needs to be aware of them.

From today, the rules for the affected areas mean that people from two households are not allowed to meet indoors or in a private garden, unless they are part of a support bubble.  So, you should not visit anyone in this area and they should not travel out of the area to visit you at home.

More details about all the rules and also the full list of affected areas is here:

Please be reassured that Leeds still has a fairly low infection rate so there doesn’t seem to be any immediate prospect of a similar lockdown in the city and these measures will hopefully stop the spread in those areas with higher rates.

Face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

The government  plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July.

Use of a face covering is not a replacement for social distancing and keeping up regular hand washing.

A face covering is something that covers your mouth and nose. Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Should someone without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police. If people refuse to comply, police can issue a fine.

For information on how to use a face covering correctly, watch this video.

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Public Transport

The new Government guidance means more people are likely to be using public transport. However, you are still encouraged to use other means of transport where possible. 

Public transport users must wear a face covering when travelling on buses and trains. In line with government guidelines, visitors to travel centres will need to wear a face covering from 24 July.

The exemptions for wearing a face covering in supermarkets and shops also apply on public transport.

Those exempt from wearing a face covering can download an assistance card to help communicate this to staff on bus and rail services in West Yorkshire. You can print them off or take a picture on your phone to show staff.

You should also continue using contactless payment if you can.

Taxis and private hire vehicles

You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

Full guidance on face coverings including other exemptions, and how to make your own face covering, is available here.