Dear Resident, I am asking for your help to protect Wirral from having to endure a local lockdown and new restrictions on the freedoms we are again just starting to enjoy.
You may have seen media reports that here in Wirral the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 increased sharply in the last week and we now have pockets of outbreaks across the borough. Whereas at the beginning of August we were seeing an average of two people per day testing positive for Covid-19, we're now up to 16-19 cases a day – and we need to contain this urgently.
In part this is because the freedoms we've all been enjoying in the recent months have led to fewer people sticking to social distancing and mixing with other households in close contact.
We are not at crisis point yet, but we are close and this means we all have to take action – and we have to take it now. At the moment there is no need to worry about children returning to school. Our schools are taking huge precautions for our children so it's down to the rest of us to support them by doing the right thing as well.
Over the last six months we have seen how well our communities in Wirral have worked together, for each other, protecting everyone and taking extra care for our most vulnerable and maintaining the lockdown. It is crucial now that we do not throw all that sacrifice away. Now more than ever we need to be vigilant. None of us want a local lockdown in Wirral but it is a very real risk.
So I ask you to please go back to the basics: wash your hands frequently, keep your distance, wear your face covering and if you think you have symptoms, self-isolate and get tested – details on how to get a test are available here: www.wirral.gov.uk/test
I understand guidance has changed at times and it may be difficult to know what you need to do so below are the current restrictions set by central Government to stop the spread of covid-19. Please stick to them and help prevent Wirral being locked down.
Best wishes & stay safe,
Cllr Pat Hackett
Leader of Wirral Council
Current Government restrictions for socialising
- If you’re meeting up with someone outside of your household, you still need to keep your distance.
- If you’re meeting up inside, it should only be two households together, no more. This includes the pub and eating out.
- If you see someone else you know when you're in the pub, for example, you can't interact socially with them.
- If you’re meeting outside it’s no more than six people from different households. You can have more than six people but only if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles
- If you’re going to someone’s house it can only be your household and theirs – and keep a distance while you’re there.
- You can only stay overnight, away from home, with one other household
Full details are published and updated on the Government website.