Advice for residents and visitors to Liverpool post ‘lockdown’
With the Government recently outlining their plan for the roadmap out of lockdown, many control measures will no longer be a legal requirement from 19 July.
Collective statement from the Liverpool Health Protection Board
In light of the current high rates of Covid-19 infection in Liverpool, coupled with a lower vaccine uptake compared to other areas, the Liverpool Health Protection Board urges caution and advises residents and visitors to:
Continue wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas where social distancing cannot be followed, such as shops, supermarkets and on public transport, as well as health and social care settings, such as hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries, in faith settings, such as churches, synagogues and mosques, and where it would make you or others feel more comfortable.
Keep getting tested – Everyone should undertake twice weekly rapid symptom free testing using Lateral Flow Tests (LFT). If people experience generally associated symptoms such as a headache, a stuffed or runny nose, tiredness or weakness, aches and pains, sore throat or diarrhoea, they should take an LFT and follow up with a PCR test if the LFT test is positive. If people have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19 such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste they must stay at home and book a PCR test. Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 don’t have symptoms but can still infect others – so getting tested regularly will help slow the spread.
Get fully vaccinated – it’s shown to be safe and effective against the virus, including new variants and is the best way to keep yourself from getting seriously ill. It also reduces your risk of passing the virus on to someone else.
The board recommends that all workplaces should ensure COVID safe measures are in place, including the provision of hand washing facilities and proper ventilation with external fresh air.
In the interests of patient safety and the protection of health and care staff, volunteers and visitors; The board is also recommending no change to the wearing of PPE and face coverings and other protective measures employed by hospitals, primary care settings – including GP practices, community pharmacies, dentists and opticians, and other health & care settings, such as care homes from July 19. All staff, patients and visitors should continue to follow existing rules and measures for their safety and protection and the protection of others.
The board will continue to promote vaccination on the basis of both personal and social responsibility with a strong focus on pockets of low uptake and disadvantaged communities.
The Liverpool Health Protection Board is a multi-agency forum, set up to respond to the challenges of the pandemic. It meets weekly to review data on testing, outbreaks, hospital admissions from Covid-19, vaccination uptake and makes recommendations on policy and planning.
Membership covers stakeholders from across the city, including local government, health and social care, education, police, fire service, faith, business leaders and the voluntary and charity sectors.