Halton restrictions under ‘Very High’ covid alert level

Halton, along with other areas, St. Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral and Liverpool, has been placed by Government into the ‘very high’ Covid alert level of the new three-tier system of interventions to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

New restrictions will take effect from Wednesday 14 October, that as well as prohibiting social mixing indoors and in gardens, will mean pubs and bars, gyms and leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos across Halton and other areas of the Liverpool City Region will close.

Tier 3 restrictions come into force on Wednesday 14 October:

  • Pubs and bars to require customers purchase a substantial meal alongside the purchase of alcohol. If they cannot do this they must close.
  • Gyms and leisure centres to close. It has been announced that gyms in the Liverpool City Region will reopen Friday 23rd October.
  • Betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres to close.
  • No mixing with anyone not from your household or support bubble socially inside or in private gardens, hospitality or certain ticketed venues.
  • Rule of six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
  • Advised against travel outside affected area, except for things like work, education, transit journeys. Those in affected area advised against overnight stays in other parts of the UK. People outside of the area advised against overnight stays in the area.

Further guidance includes:

  • Organised sport allowed in outdoor settings.
  • Places of worship allowed to stay open with no household mixing allowed.
  • Colleges, schools, nurseries and registered childminders can continue to operate.
  • Informal childcare bubbles allowed for children under 14.
  • 15 people allowed at weddings ceremonies, receptions not allowed.
  • 30 people allowed at funerals and up to 15 people at wakes.

This guidance is on top of other guidance in place for Halton, which includes:

  • People should work from home wherever possible.
  • Face masks are compulsory for bar staff and non-seated customers, shop workers and waiters, and when using public transport, taxi or private hire vehicles.
  • Fines for not wearing masks or following rules have been increased to £200 for the first offence.
  • Late-night restrictions for hospitality requiring them to close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Parents should wear face coverings when they arrive at the school gates to pick up or drop off their children and not gather in groups of more than six at the school gates.
  • Schools should continue to stagger drop off/pick up times.
  • You are advised to avoid visiting care homes except in exceptional circumstances.

NHS services will continue to be open as normal and it is important that you still attend appointments, seek medical help if needed and follow guidelines to keep safe while attending these.

In addition to these new restrictions, it is still very important to;

  • Wash hands keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
  • Get tested but only if you have symptoms Book at test at; 

Support available 

If you need help with accessing food or medicines, NHS Volunteer Responder are available to assist you. You can contact Halton Borough Council, if you need help due to self isolation or being at high risk on 0151 907 8363. 

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