Further local restrictions are being introduced in Wirral and the rest of Merseyside in an effort to reduce the rate of COVID-19 infection in the borough.
From Tuesday 22nd September, a number of new regulations and guidelines will be introduced.
Wirral, along with the five other Merseyside boroughs, have introduced tougher measures to tackle the rising infection rates in our area. These measures are being introduced to protect each other.
The restrictions mean:
- Do not socialise with other people outside of your own household or support bubble in
private homes or gardens
- Late night restrictions of operating hours to be introduced, with leisure and
entertainment venues required to close between 10pm and 5am
- Hospitality venues will be restricted to table service only
- Only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
- Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators
These new measures will be kept under constant review to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.
If you have previously been advised to shield, please take special care during this time and be extra cautious. Whilst the government has not re-introduced the shielding programme in Wirral at this time, we would advise to steer clear of busy places and avoiding going to venues that are not COVID-19 secure.
Cllr Janette Williamson on behalf of Wirral Council said:
“We did not want to have to see these measures introduced in Wirral or anywhere else but given the significant rise in the number of positive tests in recent weeks it is unavoidable.
“There is a clear link between the increased risk of transmission and the numbers of people gathering together in private homes and hospitality areas and the measures are designed to minimise those contacts.
“Along with our partners, we are committed to doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable, whilst still permitting businesses to trade and keeping children in school. These measures will help us to do that.”
The council is already engaged in a Wirral-wide engagement exercise with local businesses to support them in understanding the evolving rules and guidance and help them to become ‘Covid-secure’. The aim is to give customers confidence that all the required procedures are in place, which will make their operations safer for visitors as well as their own staff.