AS the district enjoys the hottest day of the year so far today, Bradford Council has called for people to act responsibly and stay safe.

The coronavirus has not gone away and people should follow the latest Government restrictions to help them keep safe.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

• Bradford Council is working with West Yorkshire Police who will patrol Ilkley's riverside beaches today and the suspension bridge in Ilkley will be closed all day.

This is to stop people gathering and tomb-stoning from the bridge.

• Our parks and greenspaces are open for people to use, but we are urging people to act responsibly.

• Wear a face covering on public transport and in shops and indoor spaces where social distancing is difficult.

• Please park legally and responsibly and leave enough space for emergency vehicles like fire engines to get through.

• Take all your rubbish home with you.

• Do not light barbecues or fires in our parks or on our moorland. This is not permitted and is dangerous as it can lead to wildfires.

• Do not use rivers, canals or reservoirs to cool off as this is extremely dangerous.

• Avoid crowded places. If somewhere is busy do not stop.

• If you are planning to go to a pub, bar or restaurant please follow the measures that have been put in place to keep you safe. Also please follow the latest restrictions from the government.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The council also wants to remind district residents to take care in the sun today.

The elderly, those with chronic illnesses, young children and babies can be at risk of being affected by the hot temperatures, so it is important to make sure that they are well protected by staying in the shade, using sun cream and drinking plenty of fluids.

Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day when safe to do so.

You can protect yourself and your loved ones by following the Sun Smart messages:

• Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

• Make sure you never burn by taking sensible precautions.

• Aim to cover up with a t-shirt, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.

• Remember to take extra care with children.

• Then use a factor 15 plus sunscreen.

Looking after pets in hot weather Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999. Dogs die in hot cars The RSPCA has some advice on how to help your pets when the weather is warm.