The Leader of Knowsley Council has praised the role of residents, local businesses, Council staff and partner agencies in the safe reopening of bars and restaurants.
Bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses were permitted to open across the borough from Saturday 4 July.
Council staff worked closely with local businesses, Merseyside Police and other agencies to ensure this could be done safely, in adherence with government guidelines relating to COVID-19.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, thanked everyone involved for ensuring the weekend of more businesses reopening was a success. He said: “Our Town Centres Management Team, Licencing Officers and other Council staff have worked tirelessly with local businesses to enable the safe return of our night time economy. As much as we all want to see life return to normal this should never come at the cost of people’s health and safety. It is testament to our residents, visitors, businesses and staff that the social distancing and other safety measures that were put in place worked so effectively. This ensured everyone was able to enjoy our town centres without compromising the efforts everyone has made to reduce the spread of COVID19.”
Bars and restaurants currently have measures in place to ensure people can continue to social distance. Parts of Prescot town centre have also become pedestrian only zones to support social distancing.
More bars and restaurants are expected to open across Knowsley over the coming weeks following the initial opening weekend.
Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine said: “Working alongside all local authorities and key partners, Merseyside Police has been planning for the reopening of the night-time economy since the Government’s announcement and over the weekend, an extensive policing plan with a large number of resources was put in place, to support businesses, give advice and keep the public safe.
“I am pleased to say the vast majority of those socialising in Merseyside supported each other, the businesses and all the emergency services by doing so in a responsible and respectful way.”