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Stronger measures introduced by government in St Helens Borough to tackle spread of Covid-19

Article date - 18 September 2020

Residents in St Helens Borough will face new measures in its attempts to stop the significant rise in Covid-19 cases.
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The new restrictions have been announced by Government and will apply to all council areas across Merseyside as it has been made an area of intervention today, Friday 18th September after having previously been listed as an area of concern on Friday 11th September.

These are the restrictions that now apply to St Helens Borough

From Tuesday 22nd September regulations will ban the following:

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

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

Councillor David Baines, Leader of St Helens Borough Council, said: “Our rate of infection has been increasing at an alarming rate in recent weeks. We do not want to find ourselves in a situation like we had in March where our NHS struggled to cope with the demand and far too many people lost loved ones to the virus.

“We therefore understand the need to introduce extra measures to help slow the spread of the virus, and we ask all residents and businesses to play their part in keeping each other safe. We know it is difficult as people have just started to enjoy more opportunities to see loved ones again but we have to pull together. We saw the remarkable community spirit that got us through the national lockdown and I’m sure that the people of this borough will do just that again. #StHelensTogether is still here to support those who need our help should they need to isolate or get help in any way.

“I must say that as a Council we are disappointed that we’ve had a week of rumour and speculation from government rather than clarity and engagement, and it’s not ideal that they have decided to announce these measures on a Friday but not introduce them until Tuesday."

Please note – we are yet to receive the full regulations outlining this advice, guidance and legislation in full. We will update on the full implications for our residents and businesses as soon as we can.