Your Visit to Wakefield Under Step 3 Restrictions

On 14 June 2021, the Government announced that the final step of the roadmap unlocking is to be delayed.  It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July.

This means that, like the rest of England, Wakefield remains under Step 3 restrictions.

Because of this, you might have some questions about your visit to Wakefield. We’ll try to answer them here, but if you have any additional questions, please email

Please note that we are trying to keep this page updated with any new information as it becomes available. You should always check before travelling.

Where can I visit?

Most venues in Wakefield are now open.

This includes:

– All retail

– Personal care settings such as hairdressers and beauty salons

– Public buildings such as libraries, community centres and museums

– Indoor hospitality such as restaurants, pubs, hotels, hostels and B&Bs

– Self-contained holiday accommodation such as self-catering lets and camp sites

– Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades and theatres

– Indoor children’s play areas

– Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas

– Indoor leisure venues such as swimming pools and gyms

However, adult entertainment venues such as nightclubs remain closed. 

Additionally, the following events can now take place:

– Indoor adult group sports and exercise classes

– Some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number)

– In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people are allowed to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower)

When can I visit?

Although most venues have returned to their normal opening hours, some venues are still operating under different or reduced opening hours. It’s important that you check the venue you want to visit before you travel.

Who can I visit with?

Although you can now meet with friends and family, both indoors and outdoors, there are still some restrictions.

Meeting Outdoors:

Most restrictions on meeting people outdoors have been lifted, but gatherings must not exceed 30 people (unless you’re under a legal exemption, such as work or volunteering, or providing care or assistance to disabled or vulnerable people).

Meeting Indoors:

You can meet up indoors with friends and family you do not live with, either in a group of up to 6 from any number of households or in a group of any size from up to two households. 

If you are in a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others indoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the total group size is more than 6 people.

Staying Overnight:

You can also stay overnight in holiday accommodation in groups of up to 6, or larger groups if everyone present is from 2 households (including support bubbles).

You can also stay overnight with friends and family in their homes in groups of up to 6, or larger groups if everyone present is from 2 households (including support bubbles).

Can I visit Wakefield from outside the area?

Yes, you can visit Wakefield from outside the area. If you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, you do not need to take a COVID test or quarantine.

However, if you are visiting Wakefield from outside the UK, there are rules you need to follow before you can visit. Depending on where you are visiting from, this may include quarantine.

Please check the official government advice on travelling to England here

How can I stay safe during my visit?

Remember: Hands. Face. Space.

Make sure you wash your hands regularly, and for 20 seconds or longer.

Please wear a mask or face covering wherever possible. Face coverings are mandatory for visitors to all indoor public spaces, public transport and taxis, unless you have an exemption.

Make sure that you follow all social distancing guidelines and adhere to any one-way systems that have been put in place.

Please also check in using the Test and Trace app wherever you are asked to do so. If you do not have the app, please be prepared to leave your name and contact details for tracing purposes.

We want you to have a brilliant time when you visit Wakefield, but we also need to make sure we keep everyone safe. That may mean your experience when you visit us is a bit different than you remember. Please try to understand that businesses and venues are doing their best, and be patient with them.

Good to Go

Good to Go is the official UK mark to let visitors know that the business or venue which displays it has been assessed and follows all the government and public health guidelines to make their business COVID-19 secure. This includes maintaining high standards of cleanliness and making sure visitors can safely social distance, as well as having all the required processes in place to allow them to reopen and stay open.

Look for it when you’re out and about as your guarantee that the business has done everything it needs to do to keep visitors safe.

You can find out more information about the Good to Go scheme here.

If you’re a business or other venue, and you don’t see yourself listed, get in touch with us here.

Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response. If we can rapidly detect people who have recently come into close contact with a new COVID-19 case, we can take swift action to minimise transmission of the virus.

Playing your part:

– share your details with venues that are participating with NHS Test and Trace
– if you develop symptoms, you must self-isolate with other members of your household and get a test to find out if you have coronavirus
– if you test positive for coronavirus, you must share information promptly about your recent contacts through the NHS Test and Trace service to help them alert other people who may need to self-isolate
– if you have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate if the NHS Test and Trace service advises you to do so

Find out more about NHS Test and Trace here.

General Information

The situation is changing rapidly, and although we are doing our best to keep this page updated, we are not always able to react as quickly as we would like.

Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the NHS website.

For further information about the Wakefield District and helpful links from Wakefield Council (including help for businesses, like grants) please visit