People in Southport and across the Liverpool City Region are being urged not to gather in groups over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.
With the Liverpool City Region under Tier 3 restrictions, the risk of transmitting Coronavirus is significantly higher than in other areas so mixing with other households should be avoided.
Major outdoor events scheduled to take place this over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period have been cancelled.
All requests to hold events such as firework displays, no matter how large or small, will be refused for public safety reasons.
People have been asked not to go trick or treating.
One fun event which can be enjoyed in a Covid safe manner is Southport Halloween Trail.
Families are encouraged to enjoy a walk or a drive past some spookily decorated houses in the Southport area with parents, carers and guardians invited to take their own sweets to give children whenever they see a spooky house rather than knocking on people’s doors.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:
“We understand that this is a difficult period as this time of year families would usually be taking part in Halloween and Bonfire Night activities however, this year traditional ‘trick or treating’, parties and firework events are not permitted as this could increase the risk of spreading infection.
“Protecting our residents especially those who are vulnerable is our main priority and I know our communities will work together to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.”
Local authorities will continue to work with the Merseyside Police to help protect residents by ensuring that the restrictions are followed.
Chief Inspector Peter Clark, who is heading this year’s operation for Merseyside Police said:
“As you know there are a number of rules and restrictions in place in relation to Covid-19 – that means that the planned displays and events we normally attend, will not be happening this year.
“We know that this is another sacrifice we are having to make, however now is a time to pull together, follow the guidance and help to stop the spread.
“We are keen to get the balance right between protecting people from the spread of the coronavirus and ensuring that they can still enjoy this period. We will maintain a common sense approach during the Halloween and Bonfire night period – and are working to encourage people to respect the restrictions and explain why they are so important.
“Where people are flouting restrictions, we will however take action.
“Our message regarding anti-social behaviour during this period remains simple – it will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of offence will be dealt with firmly and robustly.
“No-one should have to suffer being the victim of anti-social behaviour and I would like to reassure everyone that there will be extra high-visibility patrols during this time.”
Local authorities are encouraging members of the public to find alternatives to trick or treating and gathering at bonfire or firework displays this year.
As in previous years, council officers will be working with both the Police and Fire services to reduce anti-social behaviour and protect the vulnerable, as well as removing fly-tipped waste and illegal bonfires.
Joe Cunliffe, Station Manager at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Deliberately started fires in the run up to bonfire night put a huge drain on already overstretched Fire Service resources. You can help to reduce the number of incidents this bonfire period by never giving combustible materials to anyone, especially young people, and making sure your wheelie bin is out of sight – only put it out on collection day and bring it back in as soon as possible.”
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is encouraging members of the public not to have bonfires on public land this year in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Station Manager Cunliffe said: “Community bonfires must not take place on public land, as this will encourage people to gather in breach of current restrictions. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will respond to reports of fires and will extinguish them throughout the bonfire period. “We would urge people to report any combustible material that could be used for deliberate fires via our website www.merseyfire.gov.uk, by calling 0800 731 5958 or via our social media pages.
“If you decide to have fireworks at home, only buy them from reputable retailers registered with MFRS. Please observe the restrictions and always follow the firework code.”
In an emergency always call 999 and ask for the service you require.
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