Families are encouraged to keep following the rules to help reduce the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 this half term.
With parks and beauty spots across St Helens Borough expected to be busier families are encouraged to take sensible precautions like coming back to them at another time if they are busy and you think you may not be able to keep your distance from others.
It’s also vitally important that households do not mix, which includes children mixing unless you are part of a support bubble or where two adults meet with children under five not counted as part of the two people meeting. This ruling applied to both indoor and outdoor places including parks.
The council’s community safety team will be visiting popular locations during half term to make sure that people are enjoying them safely.
Councillor Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re really fortunate to have some amazing parks in our borough and we know that they are being really well used during this lockdown. With the high numbers visiting and with half term here please try to stay local and take your exercise from your door and use it as an opportunity to discover some new walking spots for the family to enjoy.”
Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, added: “We know that this term has been incredibly challenging for families and this break is needed more than ever but please remember to follow the rules when out and about and use your common sense. If you think somewhere looks busy then why not try to come back later when things are quieter. We want everyone to have fun but also stay safe at the same time.
“St Helens Borough currently has the highest rate of Covid-19 infection in the North West so we really all need to continue to follow the guidance to help us get the rate down. If you’re going out and about this half term make sure you have your hand sanitiser with you at all times and use it regularly, make sure to take a face covering with you if you have to go inside anywhere and keep your distance from others at all times. Only by working together can we reduce the spread and protect ourselves and each other.”