We want to work with our local community to ensure they are COVID-19 secure, protecting their staff, their customers, residents and visitors.
Whether you’re a community centre or hub, a place of worship or help run public groups – we all need to play our part.
Many local people adapted to support the borough and helped to look after our most vulnerable by helping with shopping, making donations and being a listening ear and we want to make sure that all the amazing work that goes on and the support your community offer Wirral can continue to operate safely.
It is crucial that we continue to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines to help keep volunteers, residents and visitors safe.
We have pulled together some resources to help make it a little easier to keep up-to-date with the latest guidance, support and advice. Community groups can also sign up to become recognised as COVID-19 secure, offering some reassurance to those accessing and using your services. View and access this information by visiting www.wirral.gov.uk/covidsecure
Although restrictions have eased, we are not through this yet. Our call to our community to continue to play their part in the fight against COVID-19 will ensure we can work together and avoid any further restrictions.
Briefing from Director for Public Health in Wirral, Julie Webster.
Reported to Humanitarian Cell members on Wednesday 2nd September:
Sharp increase in cases in Wirral
Over the last week we have seen a sharp rise in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Wirral. Our numbers are low when compared to many other parts of the country, however they are increasing from an average of 2 cases per day at the beginning of August to approximately 12 cases per day currently. We have had a number of outbreaks in a variety of settings (care homes, pubs, private gyms) and are working with them to identify anyone who may have been infected. We have also seen the types of people infected change as positive cases have increased particularly in young women under the age of 30. We have also seen an increase in people within the same household testing positive. There is clearly more work to do to ensure people understand the guidelines around what to do if you or a member of your household tests positive and my team will be pulling more guidance together today. This change also correlates with the links to lifestyle. We have all been enjoying more freedoms in the last few months and making the most of some good weather but this has led to an element of complacency and we are seeing the result of a lack of social distancing and good hygiene practice when out and about socialising. Our environmental health and licensing teams will be stepping up their efforts to ensure our hospitality businesses in Wirral understand how to operate safely within COVID-19 guidelines and the consequences for their business if they do not.
As we all know the schools go back this week and I know that everyone involved in getting our children back into the classroom in Wirral have done an amazing job. What is clear to me is that schools are undertaking extraordinary measures to ensure our children are safe. The rest of us now need to do all we can to support them by doing the right things as well. Hospitals, care homes and now schools are doing their bit to operate safely and we need to support those environments by being safe in other areas of our lives. If you visit a bar, restaurant, gym or the shops please keep your distance, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly. If we don’t all do these simple things we are letting our children down.
COVID-19 still represents a significant threat to our communities and especially to those most vulnerable to infection. Now more than ever we need to be vigilant and protect each other. None of us want a local lockdown in Wirral like those in place in other parts of the Northwest.
Message to residents from the Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Pat Hackett.
Issued Friday 04 September 2020.
I am asking for your help to protect Wirral from having to endure a local lockdown and new restrictions on the freedoms we are again just starting to enjoy.
You may have seen media reports that here in Wirral the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 increased sharply in the last week and we now have pockets of outbreaks across the borough. Whereas at the beginning of August we were seeing an average of two people per day testing positive for Covid-19, we’re now up to 16-19 cases a day – and we need to contain this urgently.
In part this is because the freedoms we’ve all been enjoying in the recent months have led to fewer people sticking to social distancing and mixing with other households in close contact.
We are not at crisis point yet, but we are close and this means we all have to take action – and we have to take it now. At the moment there is no need to worry about children returning to school. Our schools are taking huge precautions for our children so it’s down to the rest of us to support them by doing the right thing as well.
Over the last six months we have seen how well our communities in Wirral have worked together, for each other, protecting everyone and taking extra care for our most vulnerable and maintaining the lockdown. It is crucial now that we do not throw all that sacrifice away. Now more than ever we need to be vigilant. None of us want a local lockdown in Wirral but it is a very real risk.
So I ask you to please go back to the basics:
|Wash your hands frequently Keep your distance Wear your face covering If you think you have symptoms, self isolate and get tested: details on how to get a test are available at www.wirral.gov.uk/test|
|I understand guidance has changed at times and it may be difficult to know what you need to do so below are the current restrictions set by central Government to stop the spread of Covid-19. Please stick to them and help prevent Wirral being locked down.|
Best wishes & stay safe,
Councillor Pat Hackett
Leader of Wirral Council