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Seeing your mates…it’s not life and death

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley residents are being urged to adhere to the new restrictions on social gatherings and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Social gatherings are now limited to groups of six, with some exceptions, to help prevent the rise of new coronavirus cases across the country.

If you do socialise with others you must adhere to social distancing and keep 2m apart.

Knowsley has recently seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with females under 35 making up a high proportion of cases.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley’s Director for Public Health, said: “We all miss socialising with friends and family but social distancing measures and restrictions on gathering in groups are in place to protect you and the health of those around you. We know that COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person so it’s vital we follow the advice that has been issued. Even if you show no symptoms you could still have coronavirus and spread it to people more vulnerable than you. We can all return to normal life sooner if we all play our part and help to stop the spread of COVID19.”

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “By keeping your distance from others (at least 2m apart), and putting your social plans on hold, you are doing your bit to protect the health of those around you. While it’s a natural reaction to hug someone that you haven’t seen in a while, at the moment, you can’t. It may sound cruel but it may save lives. By social distancing and avoiding gathering in groups you are playing your part in the fight against coronavirus and protecting the health of those around you. This includes attending family celebrations, baby showers, birthday parties, meals out or arranging drinks with a group of friends. The rules around socialising are that you can only socialise with one other household at any one time so big gatherings need to be postponed until such time that it is safe to do so.”

Social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing a face covering where required remain the simplest and most effective ways to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

If you show symptoms of coronavirus you should book a test on the NHS website or by calling 119.