Coronavirus / COVID-19
Police across West Yorkshire are working hard to keep the public safe amid the ongoing threat from the Coronavirus pandemic.
We are continuing to provide all the essential services you expect from us, while supporting the NHS and other organisations to help keep everyone safe.
Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country.
In England :
Coronavirus restrictions - what you can and cannot do*
- Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible)
- New guidance on meeting friends and family will emphasise personal responsibility rather than government rules
- Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, children’s indoor play areas (etc) will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place
- Work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
* as of 17th May 2021
Government's Spring Roadmap
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 17th May. However, some restrictions remain in place. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Keeping yourself and others safe
You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.
You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against Coronavirus / COVID-19.
You should follow this guidance in full to limit the spread of the virus.
You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.
Please do not call Police for Coronavirus guidance
- Click here to Report a breach of the Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions
We need your support to help us concentrate our efforts where they are needed most - protecting the vulnerable - so please only call 999 if a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life.
Please help us keep 101 for those who do not have access to the website.
Online contact methods / crime reporting
Our 'report it' section allows you to report minor crimes, hate crime, anti-social behaviour, as well as tracking the progress of a previously reported crime.
You can also reach us via the 101 Live Chat facility and there is contact information for the deaf and hard of hearing.
All our contact options can be found at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us
Also see our Coronavirus 'Ask The Police' Frequently Asked Questions section.
During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, if you are experiencing domestic abuse you can visit any Boots store and ask to use their consultancy room, where they can provide you information and support. Click here for more information and to find your nearest Boots pharmacy.
In line with Government advice around Coronavirus / COVID-19, the majority of West Yorkshire Police's Public Helpdesk facilities remain open for business.
If you need to attend a Public Helpdesk, could we please ask that you observe the 2 metre social distancing rule, wear a face covering / face mask unless exempt, and only attend if absolutely necessary to ensure your safety and that of our staff.
Update : 8th January 2021 Leeds Central, Pontefract and Todmorden public helpdesks are temporarily closed.
Other non-essential services
In order to support our front line, there may be some changes to the following non-essential services for the foreseeable future :
- Register as an overseas visitor (Foreign National Registration Scheme)
- Firearms Licensing
- PACT and NPT Community Meetings
All planned Neighbourhood Policing Team community meetings are currently cancelled. To check future events visit the My Neighoubourhood pages to find your local team.
While the current situation is bringing out the best in many of our communities, we may also see a rise in some specific crimes as a result of the measures brought in to combat Coronavirus:
Other sources of help and advice
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- Gov.uk - Coronavirus information
- Gov.uk - National Restrictions
- Gov.uk - Travel advice
- Gov.uk - Advice for isolating with possible infection
- NHS - COVID-19 Physical Health Advice
- NHS - COVID-19 Mental Health Advice
- West Yorkshire Prepared website
- Coronavirus 'Ask The Police' Frequently Asked Questions
- Through the Maze Coronavirus EasyRead Information
- West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support website
- Sign up for updates from your local Police with our West Yorkshire Community Alert system
Page last updated 17th May 2021