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Joint statement from Council Leaders across the Liverpool City Region

Dear residents,

This week we welcome the first tranche of relaxed restrictions, as set out in the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown in England.

From today, we’ll see changes including; schools and colleges opening for all students, changes to outdoor exercise and recreation rules and the return of further childcare activities. The stay at home rule will remain in place until 29 March at the earliest.

The four-step roadmap sets out further plans, expected in the coming weeks and months, intent on bringing the nation back to a sense of normality later this year.

But, while start dates for each step are marked out by this plan, it is key to remember that these are just projections. The timings of each stage of the journey rely on the government being sure it is safe to move from one step to the next.

If the evidence shows that the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is increasing as restrictions ease, then we will not move to the next step – nor should we.

Locally, we’ve been in a position like this before. Last year, our region experienced surging COVID-19 cases under a national spotlight. We brought our case numbers back under control thanks to the commitment of our key workers and, in no small part, to the resolve of our residents to do the right things.

It is vital that all communities across the Liverpool City Region band together again and continue to embrace the public health measures and guidance that have gotten us this far.

We must continue to:
– stay home while we are being asked to
– wash our hands regularly
– cover our faces when out and about
– keep our distance from those we do not live with
– get tested – wherever necessary

Let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal here. Yes, the possibility of a return to the way things used to be is exciting for many of us, but we will not get there by 21 June if we move too quickly.

So, while this week’s changes feel like the start of the end of this crisis, please remember that keeping ourselves and those around us safe is the main priority. If we can do that, the rest will follow.

For now, please stay home and stay safe.