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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.
There is a ban on the following:
Residents are also urged to follow additional guidance to help limit the spread of the virus:
These measures are on top of those already introduced by the St Helens Outbreak Management Board:
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?
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.
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.
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.
||NORMAL||Green bin permit extended|
||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|
|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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