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Wirral to move back up to Tier 3 restrictions

The government announced this afternoon that Wirral and the rest of the Liverpool City Region will move into Tier 3 restrictions from 0001 on Thursday 31st December 2020.

Below is a shortened version of what these changes mean for Wirral residents, but full information regarding the Tier 3 changes can be found on the website.

For individuals, this means:  

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place (including restaurants and hospitality). 
  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in a private garden or at most outdoor public venues.

However, you can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in some outdoor public places, in a group of up to 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age. 

These outdoor public places include: 

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests 
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them) 
  • allotments 
  • the grounds of a heritage site 
  • outdoor sports courts and facilities 
  • playgrounds 

You can continue to meet in a group larger than 6 if you are all from the same household or support bubble, or another legal exemption applies. 

While tier 3 rules will apply from tomorrow you should exercise extra caution and think carefully about whether to meet up with friends or family outside your household in outdoor public spaces. 

This includes not meeting up with them for New Year’s Eve, even if you feel well. 

Wirral Council leader, Cllr Janette Williamson, said: “Despite everyone’s hard work, we are now seeing numbers rise to a very worrying level and from having very low rates just weeks ago, we are now seeing hundreds of cases every day; our figures are currently the highest in the Liverpool City Region.

“As a result, we will now be back under Tier 3 restrictions from tomorrow. This is disappointing given the progress we had made across the region but, in the circumstances, it is the right response.

“I know that this will be tough to take for residents and businesses and they will feel like there is no end in sight. However, the news today about the Oxford vaccine does offer us light at the end of this tunnel.

“However, in the meantime we all have a responsibility to do the right things and heed the Tier 3 restrictions we are going back into. This is especially true for New Years’ Eve. I strongly urge that if you are planning any celebrations tomorrow night, do it safely and in accordance with the restrictions, which means no mixing of households.”