In the seven days up to September 17, there were 344 new positive coronavirus cases in Wirral, with the figure rising to 106.2 per 100,000 people. That is up from 313 the previous week – a rate of 96.6. It is due to this, that Wirral Council have announced greater lockdown restrictions across the peninsula from Tuesday 22nd September.
Wirral Borough Council have asked all residents to keep to the rule of six, wash hands regularly, wear a face covering in places where social distancing may be difficult and social distance by at least two metres in public. There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful, noting some people are less able to wear face coverings and the reasons for this may not be visible to others.
With schools having reopened their doors, there are some anxieties and concerns amongst parents and carers. It is important however that everyone follows the latest guidance, including only getting a test if you have one of the three symptoms of COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms of a high fever, new and continuous cough or a change in or loss of taste or smell, get tested by calling: 119 or visiting: nhs.uk/coronavirus.
When it comes to the rule of six, there are some exceptions likely to apply to CAW members. These include the following:
- For work or carrying out voluntary or charitable services.
- Registered childcare, education or training.
- Supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities and children’s playgroups.
- Providing support to a vulnerable person.
- Organised sport or exercise classes or licensed outdoor physical activity. This does not include informal sport or fitness activity with family or friends – this must be limited to a group of six.
- Support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender and those who have suffered bereavement.