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“Plan ahead and enjoy Wirral safely this summer”

With school holidays underway, residents and visitors are being urged to enjoy Wirral’s many attractions and activities this summer – but to make sure they do so safely.

Residents and visitors to the peninsula can expect to enjoy sprawling coastlines in the resorts of New Brighton, Hoylake and West Kirby – with some changes due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Christine Spriggs, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, said: “As the summer months approach, our seaside communities are readying themselves for a return to ‘normality’, albeit a new and we hope better 'normal'.

“Every year, the attraction of Wirral’s stunning coastline draws thousands to the borough and this summer is no different in many respects.

“And so in our continued efforts to manage COVID-19, the council and partners have put a plan in place to try and minimise the potential spread in our tourism hotspots.”

As the traditional summer holiday season gets underway, Wirral’s residents and visitors are being reminded to play their part in keeping Wirral well and clean this summer.

Cllr Spriggs said: “As more residents take a deserved break with their families, and as further lockdown rules are lifted, we must do our part in helping prevent the spread of the virus.

“We also face the possibility that global travel restrictions mean many more families will be planning a ‘stay-cation’, so local destinations like Wirral may be even more popular this summer.”

As restrictions to the hospitality and tourism sectors continue to relax, the borough’s local businesses and services have introduced measures to protect staff, customers and visitors.

Additionally, the Council have also introduced a ‘Summer Coastal Plan’ to compliment the measures brought in by retailers, restaurants and more including additional public litter bins and bulk bins in areas of heavy footfall, traffic management and the opening of a limited number of public toilets for emergency and medical use.

To support the plans, the Council and partners need residents and visitors to do their bit.

Cllr Spriggs said: “Whether you are planning to enjoy our coast, a staycation further afield or holiday abroad, remember to protect yourself, your family and your community.

“Plan ahead, check the guidance in the area you are planning to visit and follow local business’ procedures - not all areas have the same rules and procedures in place or have been able to fully open yet. “Social distancing will need to continue along with handwashing regularly. And if you’re planning on shopping or hopping on a bus, you’ll need to wear a face covering.

“This guidance is important wherever you are in the world, not just Wirral.

“We also  need to remember regular summer-safety 'musts' including checking tide times and safe bathing areas on arrival at the coast, planning your clothing or sun protection come rain or shine, and checking the safety of your vehicles before setting off. These usual asks will help to reduce the load on vital essential and emergency services during busy months. “So, whether you’re a regular visitor, a resident or it’s your first time – please enjoy our borough safely this summer. Together, let's help to Keep Wirral Well.”