Citizenship ceremonies have recommenced in Knowsley following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
Mayor of Knowsley Cllr Frank Walsh attended the first citizenship ceremony in Knowsley since lockdown to officially welcome the new citizens into the local community.
Everyone who is granted British citizenship is obliged to attend a citizenship ceremony.
Citizens take an oath to Her Majesty the Queen and pledge loyalty to the UK.
Attendance will be limited at the ceremonies, with social distancing in place to limit the potential threat of coronavirus transmission.
Other measures being taken to ensure ceremonies can be conducted safely includes limiting attendance to 10 people and face coverings to be worn by visitors.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “Our Register Office staff have implemented a range of safety measures to ensure citizenship ceremonies can be resumed. This is an important step in getting back to some sort of normality and extending the services we are able to provide. We all have a part to play in building a stronger, healthier Knowsley. Our Register Office has taken steps to provide a safe venue and visitors are asked to play their part too by maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering.”