Merseyside is now under new lockdown measures as more guidance was issued for the region.
From midnight, new rules and guidance kicked in as the region battles to get control of spiralling coronavirus infections.
Announced on Friday, the new rules will mean significant changes to the lives of everyone who lives in Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton.
And the new rules will also apply to people who live in Halton, Warrington and most of Lancashire.
So what are the new rules
From now on, the government says people in our area must stick to the following:
- Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens;
- Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only; and
- Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am.
Other key guidance
Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:
- Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
- Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
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Advised against meeting up in pubs and parks
For example, many people have been asking if they are allowed to meet friends and people from other households in areas not covered by the specific rules above – ie private homes and gardens.
While this is not outlawed by the official regulations, it is advised against.
The government’s guidance states: “We advise that you should not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue.
“This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.”
The rules for Merseyside state that you should follow all relevant transport guidance when making a journey into, within or out of the affected areas.
You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England (as well as other indoor premises). You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined.