May we meet up?

As part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, from Monday 17 May we will see a further easing of Coronavirus restrictions in England.

  • Up to six people – or two households can now meet indoors, with overnight stays allowed
  • Care home residents will be allowed up to five named visitors
  • Groups of up to 30 can meet outdoors, or attend celebrations, such as weddings in Covid-secure premises
  • The number of mourners attending funerals is no longer capped, but will be dependent on venue capacity
  • People can take part in formally organised sports and exercise classes indoors

Indoor entertainment, hospitality and leisure are also reopening, with businesses being allowed to serve customers inside for the first time since January.

Travel and tourism is also getting a boost with hotels, hostels and B&Bs reopening to guests and travel abroad for non-essential purposes opening up for green list countries.

Mayor Joanne Anderson said “Liverpool is such a hub for retail and both the entertainment and hospitality industries, so I’m really happy that we’re in a position to see restrictions easing in the city. I know people are excited to meet up with their friends and families, but this needs to be done safely by following the guidance, as the virus hasn’t gone away.

Our amazing bars, restaurants, galleries and theatres are such an essential part of our visitor economy, so it’s great that they’re once again able to welcome customers and visitors in a COVID safe way.

Next week will also see the return of fans at sporting stadiums, with football matches taking place at both Goodison and Anfield – and I wish both our teams good luck.”

Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, said: “I’m pleased that Liverpool’s rate is now below 20 cases per 100,000, and that we are able to continue through the stages of the roadmap.  However, it is important we aren’t complacent, and recognise that the virus is still around, albeit at much lower levels. 

You will have heard about new variants emerging, so it’s more important than ever to take up your vaccine appointment when contacted, and to get tested if you develop symptoms.

Social distancing remains in place in lots of settings and people will still need to wear face coverings in shops or on public transport unless exempt.

One way to protect your loved ones and your community is to continue with twice weekly testing. Community test centres remain open, and home test kits can be collected from any of our community test centres or at designated pharmacies.”

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