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Coronavirus

Residents in St Helens Borough face new measures in an attempt to stop the significant rise in Covid-19 cases. 

The new restrictions announced by the government apply to all council areas across Merseyside from Tuesday 22 September

Read our frequently asked questions | Read the full government regulations


There is a ban on the following: 

  • People should not socialise with others from outside their household or support bubble inside a home or private garden. 
  • Hospitality for food and drink is by table service only.
  • Late night restrictions for hospitality have been introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas required to close between 10pm and 5am.  

Residents are also urged to follow additional guidance to help limit the spread of the virus: 

  • Only use public transport for essential purposes such as travelling to school or work. 
  • Residents are advised against attending amateur or semi-professional sporting events as spectators. 

These measures are on top of those already introduced by the St Helens Outbreak Management Board: 

  • Parents should wear face coverings when they arrive at the school gates to pick up or drop off their children and not gather in groups of more than six at the school gates.  
  • Care home visits have been temporarily suspended.
  • Reinforcing the need for staggered drop off/pick up times for schools.   
  • Reviewing the council’s powers to be able to take action against non-compliance with the current legislation.   

We will update on the full implications for our residents and businesses as soon as we can.

What do I do if I show symptoms?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange a test as soon as possible: ask for a coronavirus test online or call 119. Please read our frequently asked questions about testing.

Symptoms include:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You can opt for a home test kit or to book an appointment at the Haydock Park Racecourse regional testing centre, which is open seven days a week, from 10am to 4pm.

Mobile testing units are used for short periods on varying dates within the borough, which we will publicise in advance.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. Your household and your support bubble must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who develops symptoms in this time must arrange to take a test.

Following a positive test result, you will be contacted by the NHS test and trace service, who will ask you for information about who you have seen in the past 14 days. 

Other updates

Previous changes to restrictions came into force on 14 September, including the revised legal limit on social gatherings. When meeting with people you don’t live with, you can socialise in groups of up to six.

You may have been contacted by us and advised to read this letter if you live in the Newton-le-Willows area.

‪The government’s guidance for working safely during COVID-19 has been updated.‬

Business owners should take priority actions such as completing risk assessments, cleaning more often, while recording customers’ details for NHS Test and Trace is now enforced in law.

Face coverings are required by law to be worn in public indoor settings such as cinemas, libraries, hairdressers, museums, places of worship and public areas in hotels.

Here's everything you need to know about face coverings, including how to make your own.

Here is some information if you have been shielding because you're clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, on how the government's pausing of the programme will affect you.

Below you can find updates on how our services are reopening and adapting, as well as links to wider information and advice. 

If you need help during the outbreak, or can volunteer to help, please contact St Helens Together on 01744 676767.

Service updates

Please check the list below for the latest information on how our essential services are being affected by coronavirus and the evolving advice from the government.

Bin collections
NORMAL  Green bin permit extended
Blue badges
AVAILABLE  Apply online or via the phone
Car parks DISRUPTED  Open except St Mary's
Children's Centres CLOSED   Follow us on Facebook
Contact Centre AVAILABLE   How to get in touch
Crematorium and cemeteries RESTRICTED  More details
Housing services AVAILABLE  Phone us for advice and appointments
Leisure centres OPEN  See measures in place
Libraries OPEN  See measures in place
Licensing AVAILABLE  More details
Markets DISRUPTED  More details
Parks and playgrounds DISRUPTED  Open with restrictions
Payments to suppliers DISRUPTED  How to invoice us
Register office RESTRICTED  Details of services available
TAZ/sexual health services AVAILABLE  Open for appointments only
Tell Us Once AVAILABLE  Telephone appointments only

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