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All the rules and guidance you need to follow now

by Nicola Appleton

In recent weeks Knowsley and other parts of the UK have been subjected to new restrictions to help to stop the spread of COVID-19. There have been lots of rule changes, new guidance and differences between local areas.

As a Knowsley resident this is what you need to know:
  • Households / support bubbles must not mix with other households within private homes or gardens.
  • You are not allowed to mix with people outside of your household / support bubble in ANY indoor setting – including pubs and restaurants
  • You cannot meet up outdoors with any more than 6 people in total and these should be from no more than only 2 households.
  • You must wear a face covering in shops, on public transport, in hospital settings, retail and hospitality premises and in taxis.
  • You shouldn’t attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators.
  • You should only travel if is essential (such as going to / from school or work).
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants must be closed by 10pm (and open no earlier than 5am)
  • Takeaways must close their premises to the public at 10pm but they can still deliver after this time.
  • Pubs / restaurants / cafes must operate a table only service.
  • Care home visiting is not permitted (unless in exceptional circumstances).
  • It’s a legal obligation for businesses in retail, tourism and leisure to follow Covid-secure guidelines.
Exemptions to the above:
  • Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households
  • Formal and informal arrangements for caring for children up to 13 or vulnerable adults can continue (for example, a grandparent picking up from school).
  • There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering – exemptions can be found on the Government’s website.
  • Exemptions to wearing a face covering can be found on the Government’s website.

If you have a specific query or require any further clarity please take a look at our frequently asked questions.

The full list of local restrictions can be found on the Government’s website.

Remember, you can help to reduce the spread of the virus by:
  • Following the rules and the advice issued.
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and book a test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.
  • Limit interactions with others as much as possible.
  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible (that’s keeping a 2m distance between you and others)
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • If you can work from home, you should.
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes.