Due to the increasing rates of COVID-19 the Government has confirmed that Knowsley and all other areas of the Liverpool City Region (Halton, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral) will move into Tier 3 from midnight tonight (30 December 2020).
This will mean tighter restrictions on all residents and the closure of leisure & hospitality businesses who will only be permitted to offer a takeaway service.
COVID-19 rates in Knowsley currently stand at 192.9 per 100,000 population (as at 26 December) and this figure has been steadily rising over the last 2 weeks. These increasing rates have been causing major concern especially as this does not take into account the potential rise in infections following the relaxation of restrictions on Christmas Day.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:
“Once again we have started to see increases in COVID-19 case levels. Experience to date has taught us all that the more we mix, the higher the transmission rates become. So, again, it has become clear that we will need to take extra steps need to be taken to disrupt the spread of the virus. Our rates here in Knowsley and across the Liverpool City Region have already started to increase significantly over the last couple of weeks and we know from experience that once rates do begin to rise, they can spike incredibly quickly. This is not something anybody wants to see – especially at a time when our NHS and hospitals are already stretched to the limit.
“We are already seeing other areas of the country hit crisis point and that is something we do not want to see here. Therefore, although I know that this news will be difficult and disappointing for many people – especially those working in the hospitality, leisure, retail and fitness sectors – I must urge all our residents to follow the new rules from midnight tonight and take additional precautions in the coming days and weeks.
“This is not how we hoped to start the new year. While we did get some good news today in terms of the Oxford vaccine, it is going to take another few months yet before we can say the pandemic is not over – until then, we must all continue to work together to save lives and protect our family, friends and community.
“And whilst locally we will, I hope, continue to work together to fight this virus, the Council along with our local MPs will continue to lobby the Government to ensure that adequate financial support is given to those most significantly impacted by these new regulations.”
For full details on what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions follow this link.
Key points include:
Meeting friends and family – No mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six in some outdoor public spaces (e.g. parks, public gardens).
Bars, pubs and restaurants – Hospitality is closed, with the exception of sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
Retail – will remain open
Work and Business – Everyone who can work from home should do so.
Indoor leisure – Open. Group activities and classes should not take place
Personal Care businesses (including beauty salons, hairdressers etc) – will remain open.
Overnight stays – advice is against overnight stays other than with household or support bubble.
Weddings and funerals – 15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships and wakes; 30 for funerals. Wedding receptions not permitted.
Entertainment – Indoor venues closed.
Places of worship – remain open, but visitors cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.
Travelling – advice is to avoid travelling outside your area, other than where necessary such as for work or education and reduce the number of journeys where possible. Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble.
Exercise – Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people should avoid higher-risk contact activity. Group exercise activities and sports indoors should not take place, unless with your household or bubble. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue.
Residential care – COVID-secure arrangements will be in place and people should check with individual homes on specific regulations.
Large events – Events should not take place. Drive-in events permitted.
You can read the full rules here.
The main COVID-19 symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
If you or anyone in your household starts to experience symptoms it is important that you isolate and book a test.
You can book a test online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. If your test is positive, self-isolate for 10 days from the day you started with symptoms and engage with Track and Trace to reduce the risk of transmission. Other people in your household or support bubble will also need to self isolate for 10 days – regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.