COVID-19: Open letter to Wirral residents from council leader ahead of national lockdown

Councillor Janette Williamson, Leader of Wirral Council has written a letter to Wirral residents with advice and support about the national lockdown which starts tomorrow, Thursday, November 5th. While the implications of the pandemic continue around the globe, it is useful to know just how the latest set of restrictions will affect Wirral residents.

In it, Councillor Williamson states, “Tomorrow, England will again enter another period of lockdown, due to last four weeks until December 2 in the latest attempt to limit infection and tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know this will be a very difficult period for many of us here in Wirral, particularly after already being placed in Tier 3 restrictions during the last couple of weeks, but the Government and scientific advisors have concluded that this is the best way to protect the population.”

The statement goes on to say that the law to bring about the month-long lockdown was voted on in parliament today [Wednesday, November 4th] and that the legislation will require people to remain at home except under specific circumstances, such as to buy essentials like food and medicine, go to work or for education, and for outdoor exercise.

Councillor Williamson thanks the people of Wirral for everything they have done and sacrifices they have made over the last eight months, since the first lockdown started in March.

Reminding us that Christmas is not far away, she said, “If we can stick to these new lockdown rules we can bring down the number of COVID-19 infections in Wirral.” The letter continued that this will “help us save Christmas and make it a holiday we can all enjoy with our families and loved ones.”

If you need help you can contact Wirral’s Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) or visit

You can find more information about obtaining help with welfare needs on the Council website here, and how people who have been advised by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate can obtain financial support if they meet the criteria at Further details on financial aid for businesses can be found here.

Details of the Government announcement of the lockdown and the restrictions it brings in can be found here.

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