With a busy weekend of football, Father’s Day and beautiful weather coming up, many people on Merseyside will be getting that first taste of ‘normality’, since Coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March this year.
Although lockdown restrictions have begun to ease, a key challenge for the UK and indeed Merseyside is to navigate these changes – safely. Many local businesses, health organisations, public health workers and more have been working to introduce local measures to keep the public safe as we ease out of full lockdown.
So, as we make this move, members of the public will notice changes to everyday parts of life including face coverings required when using public transport or attending a hospital setting, along with queues outside the supermarket becoming the norm. But the reality is, these measures are stronger when they are embraced by our communities and the people they seek to protect.
Residents across the city region are asked to consider others, especially our most vulnerable, when making plans for the weekend – especially a busy one like this. That’s why we are urging all residents to stay safe and think twice before leaving home this weekend. If you do need to travel then please visit Merseytravel’s Rethink Travel campaign for the latest information and important advice.
While we’re able to enjoy a bit more freedom as we move further out of lockdown, I am asking you to consider that, unfortunately, not everybody has the luxury of this choice, especially if they’re vulnerable or caring for someone who is.
• The sun may be shining, but if you don’t need to pop out – consider waiting a little until it’s a bit quieter.
• While you’re planning how to watch the football, support your team from home and only with the people you live with, or those in your support bubble.
• And this Father’s Day, show your Dad how much you care by calling him to catch up, or meeting from a safe distance.
Together, we can help keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and see Merseyside’s infection rate come down as fast as possible.
Consider others, together, for Merseyside
Joe Anderson (Mayor of Liverpool), Councillor Ian Maher (Leader of Sefton Council), Councillor Pat Hackett (Leader of Wirral Council), Councillor David Baines (Leader of St. Helens Council) and Councillor Graham Morgan (Leader of Knowsley Council).