As shops and restaurants reopen, Council Leader asks residents, “Stay home, if you can”
This week changes to UK Coronavirus guidance will come into place across the business and hospitality sectors. From the 4th July, many additional venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will begin to reopen.
For many, these changes bring with them the excitement of things seemingly ‘returning to normal’, as local businesses look to welcome back customers after many weeks away. But while it may be a return to some of our favourite restaurants, pubs or shops – the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic means that we need to do things differently.
As guidance changes to allow Wirral’s economy to get back up and running, the safety of Wirral residents is paramount. Wirral public health officials advise that, should you venture out, there is an ongoing risk of infection and that the necessary precautions need to be taken.
Cllr Pat Hackett, Leader of Wirral Council, said: “As our shops, high streets and night time economy begin to buzz again, it’s so important that members of the public are aware of the changes they can expect, especially if you’re venturing on your first few trips out of lockdown.”
Businesses across Wirral have worked with Public Health and Environmental Health bodies to ensure that they can reopen safely. All venues reopening from 4th July do so having completed a risk assessment individual to their business space, and with appropriate changes to increase public safety.
Such changes may include additional outdoor areas, queuing systems and increased signage for customers – but each venue will be different so members of the public are advised to plan ahead before venturing out, or wait a little longer if they can.
Alongside businesses reopening, new changes around outdoor gatherings, overnight stays and more will also come into place.
Cllr Hackett said: “We knew from the start, that lockdown would be temporary – and the people of Wirral have done this borough proud in how they’ve embraced the changes to their daily lives for the good of our most vulnerable.
“But, as restrictions continue to lift, and venues begin to reopen, I think it’s vital that we remember the reason things came to a swift halt in the first place: we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and public health must come first.
“Coronavirus is still circulating in our communities and the best way to slow the spread and avoid a lockdown at a local level is to stay home, as often as you can. I’m urging residents to think twice before heading out, especially on 4th July, and consider our most vulnerable.
“Please stay home – especially if you have symptoms - and avoid the queues, keep washing your hands, social distance with people you don’t live with and ultimately, help us to Keep. Wirral. Well.”