That is the clear message from Knowsley Council as the whole of the UK moves into another national lockdown to address the widespread transmission of COVID-19.
From 5 January 2021, everyone is being told to stay at home, work from home if it is possible, and only leave the house for essential reasons. In addition, ALL schools have switched to remote learning and will only be providing face to face teaching for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
Knowsley has seen rates of COVID-19 infection rise from 186.9 per 100,000 on 23 December 2020 to 538.2 per 100,000 on 31 December 2020. This sharp increase in cases continues.
Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:
“When we entered the first national lockdown back in March last year, I think everyone responded really well. We had never seen anything like this before, and we all took the situation very seriously. Lockdown meant lockdown – the streets were deserted, roads were empty, and everyone did their bit to protect themselves and others.
Undoubtedly, we have all made changes to our lives and our behaviours since then, but I know that lots of people have grown tired and confused by the ever-changing rules, the Tiers, and the other restrictions which we have had to abide by for the last ten months. I do sympathise with people who are heartily fed up of the whole thing – so am I.
But this lockdown is perhaps even more important than the first one last year – we really have to take it seriously and stick to it. We have done it before, and we can do it again.
There is actually a positive difference this time in that the end is now in sight. The vaccination programme is up and running and already more than a thousand Knowsley residents have had their first dose of the vaccine. More and more of our loved ones and those who are most vulnerable to this virus will be vaccinated in the coming days and weeks. Whilst the NHS is working so hard to make that happen, the rest of us must do our bit too.
Please stay at home and limit your contact with anyone outside of your household, because together we can get through this. We need one last push and one last effort from everyone to get through the difficult weeks ahead. I hope that I can count on you all for your support once again.”
In addition to urging all residents to stay at home as much as possible, people classed as being Clinically Extremely Vulnerable have also been told to take extra precautions and “shield” at home as they did in the early stages of the pandemic. If you are included on this list and need additional support, you should call (0151)-443 2600.
If you are not Clinically Extremely Vulnerable but need help or advice, you can call the Knowsley Volunteer Support Line – call 0800 073 0043.
You can read the full list of restrictions on the Government website