Merseyside Police are reminding people to act responsibly ahead of the second weekend of bars and restaurants reopening.
Last Saturday 4 July bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses were permitted to reopen for the first time since lockdown restrictions were imposed in March.
The safe reopening of bars and restaurants across Knowsley was successful, thanks to the efforts of local residents, business, Council staff, Police and other emergency services.
Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden, said: “Last weekend was a real test for all of us in one way or another. The licensees were determined to make sure that they had put all the necessary provisions in place to enable people to relax and enjoy their visit in safety. Knowsley Council and the Chamber of Commerce wanted to ensure that they were providing adequate support and guidance to the licensed premises, and the Emergency Services were on hand if required.
“Everyone pulled together to make the reopening a success without compromising the health of the public and it couldn’t have been done without the overwhelming support and common sense of the majority of people who came in to the city last weekend to support our local businesses.
“This weekend, and in the weeks to come, our priority will remain the health and safety of the public and my plea to those coming in to Knowsley is to enjoy the fantastic amenities that the area has to offer, but always remember it’s incredibly important that we continue to stick to social distancing rules going forward without becoming complacent.”
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “We were delighted with how the first weekend of pubs reopening safely went in Knowsley. That is a great credit to our residents, local businesses, emergency services and the tireless work of our Council staff. What we can’t afford to do is become complacent. Social distancing and other safety measures are in place for a reason. If everyone stays alert to the threat and adheres to the guidelines in place we can avoid spreading the virus further and protect our most vulnerable residents.”
Richard Sutton, Owner of Poco Coffee in Prescot, said: “We had a really good reopening weekend. It was busy and there were no issues due to the measures that were put in place. We have really benefited from the outdoor space the Council have provided. We want our customers to enjoy themselves again this weekend but it’s vital everyone continues to observe social distancing and behaves responsibly.”