Wakefield District and the rest of West Yorkshire is now in: Tier 3 – Very High Alert level.

For further information and guidance, please visit the gov.uk website.

For Tier 3 FAQS for Wakefield District, please visit the Wakefield Council website.

In Tier 3:

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility. This is the ‘rule of 6’.

What must close?

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close.
  • Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close.
  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place.

What can open?

  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.
  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.
  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place.
  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies

Weddings and funerals

  • Weddings can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed.
  • Funerals – up to a maximum of 30 people; wakes and other commemorative events are permitted with up to 15 people present (not to take place in private dwellings). Please note Wakefield’s local arrangements remain in place (Funerals can be attended by up to 14 people at Pontefract Crematorium, or 16 at Wakefield Crematorium. This is the maximum number that can fit in the chapel and maintain proper social distancing.)


  • Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.

Business Support

  • The business support team is available to provide support and guidance to all businesses who are affected by Tier 3 restrictions.
  • They can be contacted at info@wakefield.first.com or by calling 01924 306 630.

For further information on the restrictions, please visit the gov.uk website.

Restrictions over the Christmas period

On 25 December 2020 you can make a Christmas bubble with friends and family.

  • You can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households.
  • You can only be in one Christmas bubble.
  • You cannot change your Christmas bubble.
  • You can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces.
  • You can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying.
  • You cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble.

For more information, please visit the gov.uk website.