COVID-19 in Sefton

National Lockdown - 17th April 2021

National lockdown rules on what you can and cannot do have changed again.

Most restrictions on meeting others outdoors have been although gatherings of over 30 people remain illegal.

Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households still applies.

Indoor hospitality has reopened but customers need to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations that have opened up 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas, hotels, hostels and B&Bs and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes.

Some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues can go ahead with reduced capacity.

Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

On 12 April the following re-opened:

  • non-essential retail;
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons , including those provided from a mobile setting;
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres;
  • outdoor hospitality venues with table service only;
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts);
  • smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds; 
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble;
  • all childcare and supervised activities indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • self-contained accommodation for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble;
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)


Find out more about how the rules have changed.

Link to an easy-read guide to Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.

Keeping ourselves and others safe

We all still need to follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if we have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

This includes staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in our household or support bubble where possible.

Face coverings

We need to wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless exempt.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable

From Thursday 1st April, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should continue to follow the guidance and protect yourself.

COVID Testing

Anyone showing any of the symptoms of

  • a new continuous cough
  • a fever
  • a loss of/ change in smell or taste 

should immediately arrange to get a coronavirus test by visiting or calling 119

Testing for the variant first identified in India

Walk-through SMART COVID-19 testing for residents who DON'T have COVID-19 symptoms is now taking place.

SMART testing will tell you if you have COVID-19. You will get your result in 30 minutes.

It is currently being prioritised for those who have to leave the house for work. 

Find out out more about COVID testing for people who DO and DON'T have symptoms.

Find our Easy Read guide below

Asymptomatic Testing Easy Read (pdf 733KB)


GPs, working together with Sefton’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), are rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations across the Borough.

People most at risk of COVID-19 or aged over 80, and care home staff and residents are being invited for their immunisation first. From Monday 18th January letters started being sent to people in England aged 70 and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

People are asked not to contact their GP practice or the NHS to seek a vaccine. And when you are offered an appointment, please attend at the booked date and time.

Find out more about vaccination in Sefton.

T get a vaccination, you need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

You can find the Government's Easy Read information here.

You can find more Easy Read documents about what to expect at your vaccine appointment and some reassurance about fertility and the vaccine on the government website.

Adult Social Care 

Care Homes

Care homes will have to complete a risk assessment and develop a visiting policy which will determine if visits can go ahead and how they will be facilitated.

Care homes with outbreaks are not able to open to visitors.

The guidance can be found here 

The Alzheimer's Society have some guidance on care home visits during COVID. 

You can read it here 

Last Updated on Friday, May 21, 2021

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