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Don’t pull the plug on your pint – keep following the rules

by Guy Murphy

Everyone across Knowsley is excited at the prospect of further restrictions be eased in the coming weeks and on the 12 April, if the data allows, pubs and bars across Knowsley will re-open for outdoor drinking and dining.

Our borough’s pubs, bars and restaurants are some of the things that make our communities such social places. We know our residents love to meet their friends and loved ones for after work drinks, a celebratory meal or a general catch up and this has been one of the things missed by so many.

From the 12 April, you will be to visit hospitality venues outside as a group of six (rule of six) or tow households. You will only be allowed to sit outside, and table service will be in operation.

However, England will only move down the roadmap if the data shows it is safe to do so. This means that infection rates must remain low or decrease, the vaccine rollout continues successfully, hospital admissions are low and there are no new Variants of Concern.

We know from previous easing of restrictions that many people stop following the guidance, such as hands, face and space, and this results in infection rates rising again. If this happens, then it is likely we will not continue on the roadmap and the reopening of hospitality will be pushed back.

It is only by continuing to follow the latest guidance and rules that we can all play our part in moving down the roadmap. So, don’t pull the plug on your pint and let’s get back to normality quickly!

Get regular COVID-19 tests

Regular testing can help identify asymptomatic cases and Knowsley Council urges all residents to get tested before meeting friends or family, where possible. Remember being tested, or having the vaccine, are not a free pass and you should still follow the guidance.  The test is quick and easy to do and results generally come back in around half an hour.

To find out more about where and how you can get tested, visit https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/reminder-about-when-and-where-to-get-tested/

Self-isolate with symptoms

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell, high temperature) you should not meet up with anyone. Instead you, your household and support bubble should isolate immediately and book a test via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. If the test is positive, everyone must continue to self-isolate for 10 days.