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Rule of six: restrictions now in place for social gatherings

by Nicola Appleton

Restrictions on social gatherings are now in effect to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Knowsley has recently seen a significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases and has widespread community transmission. Steps need to be taken to stop the spread of the virus, which is easily transmitted from person to person.

Residents must not:-

  • Socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens – this is part of local lockdown restrictions that have been imposed from Tuesday 22 September.

Residents should not:-

  • Gather in groups of more than six either indoors (including in homes, pubs, restaurants) or outdoors. Anyone found to be breaching these regulations could face a fine of up to £100, rising to £3200 for repeat offenders. Exemptions to the ‘rule of six’ include if your household or support bubble is larger than six, or in workplace and education settings. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with any other household.

With the rapid increase in confirmed cases in Knowsley, showing how easily it is spread, residents are asked to limit their interactions with others and put social plans on hold for the time being. It won’t be forever but clearly socialising is having an impact on the number of positive cases in the borough.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

“We all miss seeing family and friends and socialising as before but these measures are necessary to help stop the recent rise in coronavirus cases. If we all play our part and put our social plans on hold then we can slow the spread of the virus. We already have had to introduce local lockdown restrictions from Tuesday 22 September but if this doesn’t improve our current rates of infection, then more (and tighter) lockdown measures will be imposed. Nobody wants to do that. My message is simple. Stop. Think. Do the right thing – for not only yourself but others around you.”

There are steps we can all take to stop the spread of the virus:-

  • If you have symptoms – a higher temperature, new/persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell – stay at home and book a test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times – that’s a 2m distance between you and others.
  • Limit social interactions with others.
  • Wear a face covering where advised, including in shops and on public transport.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes – bin the tissue and wash your hands.