If you are undertaking regular SMART testing it is important to remember that your test result only covers that moment in time and is not a free pass to break lockdown rules.
The number of COVID cases in Knowsley is still very high and so it is really important that we all remain at home where possible. Staying at home reduces the chance of the virus spreading and helps protect the NHS.
When you receive a negative test result (both smart test and PCR), your result only covers the moment in time in which it was taken. You could still catch the virus if you don’t follow guidance, such as regular hand washing, wearing a face covering and keeping a 2m distance.
COVID-19 thrives on social contact and so at this moment, with cases still very high, it is very important we keep the number of people we see to a minimum. Even if you have a negative test, you should not go visit friends and relatives in other households.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We know how desperate people are to see their friends and family. We also understand how frustrating it must be for those who are traveling and mixing with others at work and undertaking regular testing that they are unable to see their loved ones.
“However, COVID-19 is spread through social contact and so we must try to minimise this where possible. By making nonessential trips to see friends and family, we increase the risk of the virus spreading and ultimately put people in danger.
“I urge everyone in Knowsley to stay at home where possible, regardless of their test result and help us stop the spread and protect the NHS.”
All workplaces should be COVID secure and taking steps to reduce the risk of the virus spreading between colleagues. You can find out more about what this means here.