While the vast majority of Knowsley’s residents are joining in the national effort to stop the spread of Covid 19, Knowsley Council’s Crime & Communities team is receiving reports that some people within the community aren’t following the social distancing restrictions.
In response, the team is specifically targeting properties where concerns have been raised to remind people, by letter, of why these guidelines are so important. Put simply, the council is reminding people to do the right thing and save lives.
The Crime & Communities team work to tackle criminal and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the borough. The flouting of government guidelines is considered ASB and is something Knowsley Council is keen to address.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Sometimes it’s really hard to see how the things you do make any difference at all. You can’t see the virus spreading – you can’t touch it and if you yourself are fit and healthy I can see why you might not see how dangerous it can be. But if you are older, have underlying health conditions or even if you are just concerned about the health of your family it really can cause a lot of anxiety and worry to see people out and about not sticking to the rules.
“Tragically, people all over the country are losing their lives every single day and I think if we all had the opportunity to save the life of another person, without putting our own life in danger, we would do it. It’s someone’s mum, dad, sister, brother, husband, wife or child after all.
“The Crime & Communities team appreciate people can be tempted to push the boundaries but where people persistently flout the guidelines they will step in. It’s too important not to.”
The message is clear:
- To stay at home with members of your household
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family.
The Crime and Communities Team work closely with Merseyside Police to ensure the guidance is being followed. To report anyone who doesn’t comply with social distancing guidelines please report it to the police via their website at https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ or by calling 101 (the non-emergency number). In an emergency, always dial 999.