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Stop. Think. Do the Right Thing and follow the rules

by Nicola Appleton

Given the significant increases in cases in Knowsley (and Merseyside), local restrictions have been imposed to stop the spread of the virus.

You can’t
  • Socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble in private homes or gardens. Note – an exemption applies to friends, grandparents and other relatives who provide regular and consistent childcare support for children under 14 years or vulnerable adults.
  • Socialise in groups of more than six people.
  • Have face-to-face visits in Knowsley care homes. Window visits or digital contact will be facilitated where possible.
You must
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms (high temperature, new / persistent cough, loss of taste or smell) and book a test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119.
  • Self-isolate if:-
  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus
  • you’ve tested positive for coronavirus
  • you live with someone or someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive
  • you’re told by NHS Test and Trace that you’ve been in close contact with a person with coronavirus (this is within 2m for 15 minutes or more)

Self-isolate for 10 days from when you developed symptoms if you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus.

Self-isolate for 14 days if someone you live with or someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive, you’ve been told by NHS Test and Trace or Public Health to self-isolate or you arrive from the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk.

If you need to self-isolate, this means you must not leave your house even to pick up shopping, medication or to exercise.

  • Wear a face covering where advised including in shops, on public transport and in taxis, in hospital settings and places of worship. Shop staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality (except when seated at a table to eat or drink) must also wear a face covering.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Limit interactions with other people as much as possible.
  • Maintain social distancing – that’s keeping a 2m distance between you and others.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Carry a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes.
You should
  • Only use public transport if it’s essential – to get to / from work or school.
  • Avoid attending amateur and semi professional sporting events as spectators – if you do attend, you must social distance.
  • Wear a face covering when dropping off / picking up from school. Year 7 pupils and above as well as teachers should wear a face covering within school in communal areas such as corridors.
Other restrictions include:-
  • Pubs, restaurants and takeaways must close at 10pm and not reopen before 5am (deliveries can continue).
  • Pubs and restaurants must operate a table only service.
  • Covid-secure guidelines are now legal obligations for retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors.
  • 15 people can attend weddings or civil partnerships and 30 people can attend funerals – maintain social distancing.
  • Conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be reopened from 1 October.
  • Indoor team sports are restricted to teams of no more than six people.
Need help and support?

If you are on your own and don’t have any family and friends to support you with shopping or picking up medication, call the Knowsley Support and Volunteer Line on 0800 073 0043.

What if I don’t comply with the rules?

You can be fined from £200 up to £3,200 for not wearing a face covering where advised and you can be fined from £1,000 up to £10,000 for not self-isolating when told to do so.

Everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread of the virus.
Stop. Think. Do the right think and follow the rules.