St Helens residents are urged to get tested this Easter as lockdown restrictions ease

With lockdown restrictions being eased at the start of the Easter holidays, St Helens Borough Council is reminding local residents to continue to get tested for Covid-19 and take extra care when out and about.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:45 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:46 am
St Helens Council is reminding local residents to continue to get tested for Covid-19 and take extra care when out and about

Some lockdown restrictions are being eased in England from March 29:

Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed including in private gardens.

Outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, will be allowed to reopen, and people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

The Stay-at-Home order will end but people should continue to minimise travel and work from home wherever possible.

The change in the rules comes as most schools break up for the Easter holidays, and just before the Easter weekend.

St Helens Borough residents, like people across the country, will be able to spend more time with family and friends in outdoor settings. While this is good news, we must do everything we can to stay safe and stop the virus from spreading.

About one in three people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. As people will be mixing more from March 29, taking regular tests will be more important than ever, even if you do not have symptoms. All residents can get tested by attending a symptom-free testing site for a supervised Covid-19 test.

If you are in a household with school children, members of support bubbles, people working in childcare and those in related occupations, you can collect free Covid-19 home testing kits from selected sites in the area.

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health for St Helens Borough Council, said: “We are all looking forward to spending more time with our friends and family, and being able to get together in slightly larger groups outside. But it’s vital that we continue our efforts to contain the virus, so I encourage people to keep on getting tested – we recommend twice a week.

“To stop the spread of the virus in the community, everyone should continue to follow social distancing guidance, and stick to the rules on ‘hands, face, space’ – even if you have already been vaccinated.

“If you’ve had the vaccine, there is still a chance that you could catch or spread coronavirus. You should have good protection three or four weeks after you have had the first dose, but you need to have the two doses for the most protection.”

For more information about the changes to coronavirus restrictions in England from 29 March, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary#step-1---8-and-29-marchFor information about testing available locally, visit: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/