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Keeping safe and what to expect as lockdown eases

by Jonathan Kearney

As lockdown measures continue to ease Knowsley Council is sharing information with residents to ensure they are following the latest Government guidance to protect themselves and others around them, as well as preventing the spread of COVID-19.

While the Council continues to encourage residents to stay home as much as possible, many will be returning to work or spending more time away from their homes.

Many residents may now have returned to work in non-essential businesses, with more returning this weekend such as hairdressers and people who work in the hospitality industry. Further advice and guidance for keeping yourselves, your family and therefore, the wider community safe can be found below.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member of Health and Social Care, said: “Although we encourage residents to stay home as much as possible we understand more people will be returning to work or beginning to spend more time with family and friends. Therefore it’s crucial you continue to follow the Government’s advice and stay safe in order to minimise the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Coronavirus is still very much an issue and we must remain cautious.”

Be alert
Remember coronavirus is still a risk. Don’t be complacent. Continue to follow all safety measures. Social distancing and regular hand washing should be part of your everyday routine now.

If returning to work follow guidance and instructions shared by employers
Here you can understand more about the guidelines your employer must follow. Perhaps make yourself aware of them before returning to work.

Look after mental health
Remember to look after your mental health and wellbeing as you adjust to a new way of living. Here you can find a range of resources available to you.

Wear a face covering if you are using public transport and when inside shops
If you are using public transport to travel to work or to visit shops, friends or family remember face coverings are mandatory. Wearing a face mask in shops will be mandatory from Friday 24 July. Further advice about face masks can be found here.

Wash your hands
Remember to wash and/or sanitise your hands regularly. Here you can find further guidance on hand washing and hygiene.

Symptoms
If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, including a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell, you should self-isolate and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. Further info about testing and the NHS Track and Trace programme can be found here.

Keep your distance
Where possible maintain a distance of 2m between each person

Raise concerns
If you have concerns about an employer or business and don’t feel they’re following guidelines please contact Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health Team on 0151 443 4712 or email environmentalhealth@knowsley.gov.uk