Last night (12 July), the Prime Minister announced that Step 4 of the Roadmap will proceed as planned on Monday 19 July.
Moving to Step 4 is a balance of risks and the public should continue to be cautious. Residents in Knowsley are particularly advised to remain cautious due to the continually rising COVID cases in the Borough. Cases currently stand at 485.2 per 100,000 population.
The majority of COVID restrictions will end on 19 July and guidance will emphasise personal responsibility.
Whilst cases are increasing, the vaccination programme has substantially weakened the link between infection and serious illness or death.
The move to Step 4 was delayed by 4 weeks so more adults could be vaccinated. By 19 July two thirds of adults will have received two doses and every adult will have been offered a first dose.
In Knowsley, a number of drop in vaccination sites were open offering both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca first and second doses to residents aged 18 and over. No appointment is needed and you can call in to Huyton One Stop Shop or Kirkby One Stop Shop on 17 and 18 July from 10am until 5pm.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:
“With the full easing of restrictions, I would encourage residents to continue with the behaviours that they have become accustomed to. Our rates in Knowsley are still high to we need to remain cautious and not complacent.
“The vaccination (two doses) offers you the best protection against the virus. You can either call into one of the vaccination sites in the Borough over the weekend – no appointment is needed – or you can book an appointment through www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ring 119.
“In addition, continue to regularly wash your hands, keep your distance from others and wear a face covering where social distancing isn’t possible.”
In his latest briefing, the Prime Minister emphasised caution and the expectation for a gradual easing of restrictions, based on informed choice and personal responsibility.
The majority of legal restrictions will be removed and people will be expected to protect themselves and others through informed choice.
The Government expects and recommends that face coverings are worn in crowded and enclosed spaces, such as public transport, when mixing with people you don’t normally meet.
While the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home, a return to the workplace should be gradual and businesses should follow the published guidance.
Organisations and large events will be supported and encouraged to use the NHS COVID Pass in high-risk settings to help limit the risk of infection in their venues.
Positive cases and contacts of positive cases identified by NHS Test and Trace will still be legally required to self-isolate, to help break chains of transmission. There will be an isolation exemption for contacts of positive cases for under 18s and for double vaccinated adults from 16 August. School bubbles will end from 19 July.
Quarantine rules will remain for all those travelling from a red list country, and for amber list countries unless double vaccinated.
All data will be kept under review and guidance will be strengthened if needed. The Government will review the current guidance in September.