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Last updated on 14 October
The government has told St Helens Borough, together with the Liverpool City Region/Merseyside, that we are in tier 3 – the highest level of risk in the new national three-level alert system.
We have been told this is because our hospital admissions are high and increasing.
We know residents and businesses will have many questions. We’ve tried to answer some of your top questions on our frequently asked questions page.
We will continue to update the FAQs as we work through the guidance and in response to your feedback and queries. If your question isn’t answered, you can find the full details on the government website.
You can also download this infographic, which summarises what the restrictions mean for us.
In the meantime, our officers are putting plans in place to contact and support affected businesses.
Tier 3 restrictions came into force on Wednesday 14 October:
Further guidance includes:
This guidance is on top of other guidance in place for St Helens Borough, which includes:
NHS services will continue to be open as normal - it is important that you still attend appointments and follow guidelines to keep safe while attending these.
These are new restrictions so please keep checking here for further updates.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay at home and begin to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms start. 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.
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.
The government’s guidance for working safely during COVID-19 has been updated. Business owners should complete risk assessments and clean 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.
If you need help during the outbreak, or can volunteer to help, please contact St Helens Together on 01744 676767.