New emergency coronavirus restrictions have been put in place in two new areas of Liverpool as the battle to stop the growing number of infections intensifies.
At the end of last week it was revealed that the Princes Park council ward area had seen a worrying rise in covid-19 infections.
Because of this, the council’s public health team immediately took action in the area, installing a mobile testing site and bringing in some restrictions for people living there.
The advice to anyone in Princes Park now is to not visit any other households unless it is essential and to maintain social distancing at all times.
People are also strongly advised not to stay overnight in a household you don’t live in – even if they are family.
Visits at care homes in the area have also been suspended and events and gatherings have been cancelled.
Those considered vulnerable to the virus and on the government’s shielding list are being advised to remain isolated from others.
In a new development today, the council has expanded the areas of the city where some of these restrictions are now in place.
The restrictions around visits to care homes also now applies to the Greenbank and Picton council ward areas.
The two areas now fall under part of the city’s ‘enhanced outbreak control action plan’, which is designed to rapidly control the spread of the virus, protect vulnerable communities and the elderly in the area.
The city council previously said that all the Princes Park restrictions would now apply to the Greenbank and Picton wards, but they have since ammended this to include just the care home restrictions.
As such, we have updated a previous version of this article to reflect this.
A council spokesperson said: “It is really important we don’t let the sacrifices and progress of the last few months go to waste and we are being proactive and acting fast to prevent the further spread of cases in this area.
“The work we are doing now will hopefully pay dividends in terms of preventing the need for further restrictions such as a local lockdown, which would inevitably cause much more hardship.”
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A pop up walk-in test centre in in place at Princes Park Health Centre, in the car park off Kingsley Road, which people can drop in to from 9am-4pm if they have symptoms, without the need to book an appointment.
What other measures are in place?
· Cafes, bars and restaurants are being given additional advice around appropriate public health measures
· Community buildings are to remain closed
· Upcoming gatherings and events have been suspended.
How else can I help prevent the spread of the virus?
· Follow the advice and guidance around social distancing
· Wear face coverings in confined spaces, supermarkets and on public transport
· Maintain social distancing with members of the same family who are from a different household
· Do not stay overnight in a household you don’t live in
The impact of the new measures will be reviewed in 14 days and extended if necessary.