Partners across Knowsley have come together to work with residents, businesses and local communities to help to build a stronger, healthier Knowsley following the coronavirus pandemic.

This includes Knowsley Council, Livv Housing, One Knowsley, Knowsley Community College, Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Merseytravel, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police.

Lockdown measures are now lifted and many people are gradually starting to get back to some sort of normality.

Schools have opened to a number of targeted year groups with pupil numbers increasing day by day, businesses and shops have once again opened their doors across the Borough with many residents now returning to the workplace, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and barbers have started to reopen with more due to open later this month including leisure centres and beauty salons.

This is all positive news for everyone who lives, works or visits Knowsley.

Knowsley’s Director of Public Health, working alongside the Knowsley Outbreak Management Board with representatives from the Council, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, is also monitoring testing data that is shared by Public Health England. Recently, data indicated that Knowsley had seen an increase in confirmed cases, but Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, confirmed that there was no need to panic.

Dr Sarah McNulty said “Knowsley has such a low population base so any increase in figures could be translated into a percentage increase and seen as dramatic. For example, two confirmed cases rising to four is reported as a 50% increase but the figures are low to start with. Figures need to be considered in the context of an overall population of just 146,000 residents.  The proportion of tests undertaken that are positive are still low, which is good, and recently we have actually seen quite high levels of testing being undertaken, which is very good. Testing is key to controlling the spread of COVID-19 along with those self isolating who have symptoms or are have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.”

The message from partners is now that lockdown measures are slowly easing, we can all start to get back into some kind of normality whilst also taking steps to protect yourself and those around you to help to stop the spread of the virus. These should be embedded into your day to day life and includes practising social distancing (keep 2m apart and limit the amount of social meetings you have), regularly wash your hands, wear a face covering on public transport, in hospital settings and in shops.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council and Chair of the Knowsley Better Together Board, said “This pandemic has really highlighted the resilience and community spirit here in Knowsley, along with the overwhelming support of businesses and residents to help one another. Whether that’s ensuring families have the shopping and medication they need, through to dog walking and just a listening ear, it’s been tremendous how everyone in the borough has come together during this difficult time. I have every confidence that we will once again rise to the challenge and by working together and everyone playing their part, no matter how big or small, we will build a stronger, healthier borough. Another example of Knowsley Better Together in action – bringing people and organisations together for the benefit of the borough.”