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Article date - 16 December 2020
Today, they have launched their virtual Christmas Cheer campaign – a feast of jolly ways to socialise from the safety of your sofa:
Cllr Anthony Burns, St Helens Borough Council’s cabinet member for public health, leisure, libraries and heritage, said: “The news of the COVID-19 vaccine is probably the best Christmas present we’ve had this year. But as very few people will get vaccinated until the New Year and it will take time for the rate of infection to fall, we must accept that we will not be able to have a ‘normal’ Christmas this year.
“We can all play our part in protecting our friends, loved ones and community by limiting the number of contacts we have and following the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance. I know we can do it if we all work together. Please stay safe and have a Merry Christmas.”
On 25 December, up to three households can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ to meet in private homes, gardens, places of worship or public outdoor spaces. If you are self-isolating then you must stay at home and not have any visitors, and if you are vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable you should carefully consider the risks of mixing with other households. From 26 December, the local tier system will be in place once more.
Sue Forster, director of public health for St Helens Borough Council, said: “As a direct result of the people of St Helens Borough pulling together during the national restrictions in November, coronavirus cases and hospital admissions have dropped significantly, and our reward is that we are now in tier 2 local restrictions.
“Tier 2 is still ‘high alert’, so we must make sure that we continue to follow the rules to make sure that the virus does not spread into our community again. Please keep your ‘Christmas bubble’ as small as possible and consider these suggested virtual activities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID this Christmas.”
For more information on the Christmas bubble guidance, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family