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Knowsley Coronavirus: Updated guidance

New restrictions for Knowsley – what you need to know

by Lisa Bennett

From tomorrow (Wednesday 14 October), Knowsley along with the wider Liverpool City Region will be going into tier 3 – the highest level of risk in the new national three-level alert system.

A summary of what a being in a very high risk area means can be found here.

This is due to the area’s high COVID-19 rates, which are continuing to increase and new restrictions will also be introduced from tomorrow to try and contain the virus.

From Wednesday, 14 October:-

  • You must not meet socially with family and friends indoors in any setting unless they are part of your own household or support bubble. This includes meeting in settings outside of the high risk area.
  • You must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor venues.
  • You can continue to see friends and family you do not live with in groups of six or less in certain outdoor public spaces such as parks and playgrounds. Ensure you maintain a distance of 2m between you and others if you do.
  • Pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • Gyms and leisure centres will be closed.
  • Betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres will be closed.
  • You are advised not to travel outside of the affected area, except for things like work, education, food or medical supplies. Those in the affected area are advised against overnight stays in other parts of the UK. People outside of the area advised against overnight stays in the affected area.
  • For people who are clinically vulnerable (see government guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable groups – refer to ‘Very high’ Covid level alert information), try to work from home and stay at home as much as possible, avoid all but essential travel, reduce shopping trips, and if possible use online delivery or ask people in your household, support bubble or volunteers to collect food and medicines. You are encouraged to still go outside for exercise, go to school and to work if you cannot work from home. If you require additional support to follow the guidance at this alert level, please ring 0151 443 2600.

Other restrictions that are still remain in force are:-

  • All businesses and venues must follow COVID-secure guidelines.
  • If you can work from home, you should.
  • Registered childcare providers, people in your support bubble, people in your childcare bubble can continue to provide childcare support for children under 14 in private homes.
  • You should not visit care homes unless in exceptional circumstances.
  • You can attend places of worship, but you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
  • You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity in groups of more than 6 outdoors and only one household and support bubble (for over 18s) indoors. Limit spectators to one per household and maintain social distancing.
  • 15 people are allowed at weddings ceremonies in a COVID-secure venue, receptions not allowed in high-risk areas.
  • 30 people allowed at funerals and up to 15 people at wakes which must not take place in private homes.
  • You must wear a face covering on public transport, taxis and private hire vehicles (unless you are exempt for health, age or disability reasons).
  • You can still move home in a very high risk area.
  • Pupils in Y7 and above, along with teachers, must wear face coverings in communal areas within school / college.
  • Parents and carers are also advised to wear a face covering when dropping off and picking up from school.
  • Face masks are compulsory for bar staff and non-seated customers, shop workers and waiters, and when using taxi or private hire vehicles.

The full list of restrictions can be found on the Government’s website. The restrictions will be reviewed to assess the impact every four weeks.