Although spring has not quite sprung, the improving weather and longer days have resulted in many people flocking to popular spots such as parks and beaches. Recently, Merseyside Police fined numerous people who arrived at Formby Beach in Sefton due to breaking COVID-19 restrictions.
Although it is not against the rules to enjoy the sunshine, it is important that you do know what you can and can’t do so that you don’t end up breaking the law and facing a fine.
Knowsley, and the rest of England, remains in full lockdown . This means that you should stay at home where possible and only leave for essential travel or to exercise. When exercising you should stay local to your area.
From 8 March, England takes its first step on the roadmap to recovery and there is a slight easing of restrictions. Schools open to all pupils and you can meet up with one person outside of your household for exercise or recreation, outdoors only. For example, you could meet up with a friend in a local park and enjoy a coffee. You must observe social distancing measures and limit travel where possible.
Restrictions are planned to ease further on the 29 March (subject to a review of case numbers and other factors) meaning a maximum of six people from different households (rule of six) or two households can meet up outdoors. Parent and child groups up to 15 parents will also be able to take place outdoors.
Further easing of restrictions is dependent on the number of cases at the time and the UK Government has said it will be guided by the data. This means that is really important that everyone continues to follow those COVID safe behaviours, such as social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing our hands, and plays their part in reducing the spread of the virus.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It is really important that people follow the current COVID-19 guidance and help us continue on the road to recovery.
“It has been a very difficult few months and I know that people are keen to get out and enjoy the brighter days, but it is also important to keep safe and stop the spread of the virus.
“From past experience we know that when restrictions are eased, people become complacent and cases creep up. If we want to move back to normality as quickly as possible, it is vital that everyone follows the rules.”