Stronger measures introduced by government in St Helens Borough to tackle spread of Covid-19

Residents in St Helens Borough will face new measures in its attempts to stop the significant rise in Covid-19 cases.

The new restrictions have been announced by Government and will apply to all council areas across Merseyside as it has been made an area of intervention today, Friday 18th September after having previously been listed as an area of concern on Friday 11th September.

These are the restrictions that now apply to St Helens Borough

From Tuesday 22nd September regulations will ban the following:

  • People should not socialise with others from outside their household or support bubble inside a home or private garden.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be by table service only.
  • Late night restrictions for hospitality will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas required to close between 10pm and 5am.

Residents are also urged to follow additional guidance to help limit the growth of the virus:

  • Only use public transport for essential purposes such as travelling to school or work.
  • Residents are advised against attending amateur or semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

These measures are on top of those already introduced by the St Helens Outbreak Management Board on Wednesday which are:

  • 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. 
  • Temporarily suspend care home visits. 
  • Reinforcing the need for staggered drop off/pick up times for schools.  
  • Reviewing the council’s powers to be able to take action against non-compliance with the current legislation.