Message from Liverpool’s Director of Public Health for those organising events
With the first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 now being confirmed in Liverpool, event organisers are being urged to review their risk assessments and ensure Covid-19 secure measures are robustly followed by staff and those attending.
Director of Public Health for Liverpool, Matt Ashton said “The new Covid variant “Omicron” – first identified in South Africa is a significant concern, as early evidence suggests it may spread more easily.
Whilst scientists are investigating the Omicron variant, we all need to step up and significantly increase compliance with all existing protective measures.”
Get vaccinated – Encourage any unvaccinated staff and the public to take up the offer of vaccination without further delay. It is never too late to have your first vaccine. There are lots of resources available to promote and provide true information about vaccination. There are bookable and drop-in vaccination clinics offered by the CCG, along with videos, social media visuals and leaflets in different languages.
Ask members of the public to “test before you go”, and request evidence of a negative rapid Covid-19 test done within 24 hours of the event. Consider making this a condition of entry.
Ensure staff are testing twice weekly, and have a negative test within 24 hours of the event (best done on day).
Strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings by visitors and all staff. Please consider how you can facilitate and promote the wearing of face coverings, for example supplying face-coverings for people who need them, and through active monitoring and encouragement during the event.
Ensure adequate fresh air.
Avoid congestion and facilitate social distancing where possible.
Do not admit customers (or staff) who have symptoms