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Coronavirus update and support Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

From 22 September, Knowsley, as well as all other areas in Merseyside and Warrington, is subject to local restrictions due to the significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in the area.

COVID-19 is very much still here in our communities and we need to take action to stop the spread of the virus.

Nobody wants to see restrictions in place, but we have widespread community transmission here in Knowsley and unless people follow the advice and our cases start to come down, we face even tougher restrictions being imposed.

My message is simple – Stop. Think. Do the right thing and follow the advice.
In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester):-

•  Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

•  Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.

•  Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs and cinemas required to close between 10pm and 5am.

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following:-

•  Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work.

•  Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

Further national restrictions have also been introduced too which includes wearing a face covering in taxis and private hire vehicles, retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality to wear face coverings (except if seated at a table to eat or drink) and Covid-secure guidelines are mandatory in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.

People are also advised to work from home where possible and weddings or civil ceremonies are limited to 15 guests and no more than 30 people at funerals.
Fines for breaching these measures have also increased – from £100 to £200.

Our data shows that household transmission is a key factor in the cases we are seeing so hopefully the restriction on visiting other people’s homes will address this and help to slow the rate of infection here in Knowsley.

 

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