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Don’t make Halloween scarier than it needs to be

by Alison Cornmell

This Halloween residents should Stop. Think. Do the right thing and make sure they follow the restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This year, activities such as trick or treating or hosting Halloween parties for family and friends must not take place – this is to ensure people limit their interactions with others and stop any further spread of the virus.

Anyone flouting these rules will be liable for a £200 fine and police and other partners will be patrolling the borough to ensure residents stay safe and adhere to the COVID restrictions.

COVID-19 cases in Knowsley are amongst the very highest in the whole of the country so it is crucially important that residents ensure their actions over Halloween, and in general, do not disregard to new rules and in turn contribute to these figures rising even further. This is particularly important as we know that hospital admissions due to COVID-19 are already increasing here.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is far from over and our cases are continuing to rise. Currently our rates of infection here are incredibly high and we have to take steps to try to regain control of the virus as soon as possible.

“That will mean changes to our everyday lives and I know that can be really disheartening for people. But the reality of COVID-19 means that this year the best way to protect yourself and others is to stay at home this Halloween. We understand that people will be disappointed they can’t do the things they would normally, go trick or treating, see family and friends and enjoy the autumn festivities, but these measures are in place to protect you and your families so please make sure you follow them.

“Children and families can still have lots of fun but without risking the health and wellbeing of others. There’s lot of activities you can do from home and within your household or support bubble.  We will be sharing lots of ideas on Knowsley News.”

Knowsley along with the wider Liverpool City Region is in the ‘Very High’ alert level of the Government’s three-tier system of interventions. As a result, further restrictions have been imposed to try and contain the increasing spread of COVID-19 locally. You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. You must also not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. There are a number of further guidelines and restrictions that you can read about here.

Taking Action
There will be increased police presence across the Halloween and Bonfire period and police will be able to take action against those who break current COVID-19 rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £200 for those who participate

in illegal gatherings.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days
  • £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400

The government has also introduced fines for those who hold illegal gatherings of over 30 people. Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and police may issue fines of £10,000 to those who break the law.