Category Archives: Public Health

New restrictions to tackle coronavirus in Calderdale During lockdown, I was inspired by the way that Calderdale’s communities stepped up and supported each other. We all made sacrifices, we stuck to the social distancing guidelines and together we kept the number of cases low in the borough. Unfortunately, since restrictions were eased in June, we… read more … about Message from Debs Harkins, our Director of Public Health>>

Director of Public Health, Deborah Harkins

West Yorkshire Trading Standards’ work to tackle cheap and illicit tobacco in partnership with the five West Yorkshire councils, including Calderdale Council, has been shortlisted in the Public Health Improvement category of the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2020. The Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health Programme, funded by the five Public Health departments, is… read more … about National recognition for illegal tobacco crackdown>>

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Calderdale Council is reminding residents about the importance of face coverings and encouraging as many people as possible in the borough to wear one. Face coverings are an important measure in keeping us all safe. It’s now mandatory to wear one when using public transport (and in bus and train stations), in shops, supermarkets and… read more … about Helping to protect our communities>>


Calderdale Council teams continue to adapt to new ways of working, to provide the best possible protection and support to each other and the entire community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Council staff are playing a vital role in helping local people, including the most vulnerable, alongside the amazing work of other organisations and volunteers. Thanks… read more … about Playing our part to protect Calderdale from COVID-19>>

Cllr Tim Swift

Smokers in Calderdale are being urged to quit to reduce the risks of severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19. In Calderdale, almost 26,400 residents (16.1% of the population) are smokers, which is above the national average. It’s well documented that smoking is major risk factor for many diseases, such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary… read more … about Support available to help people #QuitforCOVID>>

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Plans are being put in place to enable public toilets in Calderdale to reopen in each of the borough’s towns from Tuesday 7 July. To help support the reopening of local businesses and enable those with certain medical conditions to get out and about, Calderdale Council is reopening one toilet block in each of the… read more … about Reopening of toilet facilities in Calderdale>>


Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging people with diabetes to access the support available to them, to help stay safe and well during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as NHS England introduces extra ways to help people living with diabetes, because new research shows they are at greater risk of… read more … about Extra support for people with diabetes during coronavirus pandemic>>


In the fight against COVID-19, Calderdale Council is working with local organisations who are donating or producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for our hardworking staff in the NHS and social care, and is calling on Government for an urgent, longer-term solution to the national PPE shortage. Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, said: “We… read more … about Calderdale gets to work on personal protective equipment>>

Nick Barber

Calderdale Council is committed to promoting good mental health and wellbeing in the borough and is raising awareness of the support available to minimise the mental health impacts of COVID-19. The impacts of COVID-19 on physical health are well documented and residents should all follow national guidance on social distancing(external link) (limiting social contact to… read more … about Looking after your mental health>>

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