Since the entire Liverpool City region is subject to Tier 3 rules, the risk of infection with the coronavirus is considered very high, but some fear that people might break the rules to celebrate Halloween and Campfire Night next week.
Merseyside police will intervene to prevent large gatherings on this Halloween, police have confirmed.
Merseyside police had a clear message for residents
“Where people disregard restrictions, however, we will act.
he said: “We are committed to finding the right balance between protecting people from the spread of the coronavirus and ensuring that they can still enjoy this time.
Chief Inspector Peter Clark, who is leading this year’s operation for Merseyside Police, said people will be brought to justice for breaching restrictions during the celebrations.
“Our message about anti-social behaviour during this period remains simple – it will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of crime will be dealt with decisively and robustly.
“No one should have to suffer from being a victim of antisocial behavior and I want to assure everyone that there will be additional patrols with high visibility during this time.
In Wirral, major outdoor events, including the annual fireworks display in Wirral’s parks and the River of Light Spectacular, which is scheduled to take place during Halloween and campfire night, have been cancelled to help contain the spread of Covid-19.
The Wirral Council, along with other local authorities, continues to encourage the public to find alternatives to trick or treat and gather around campfires or fireworks.
Tom Anderson, Chairman of the Council’s Tourism and Culture Committee, said, “The cancellation of these open-air events was an unfortunate but necessary decision to avoid large crowds and to make the safety of our residents a priority.
All requests to hold events such as fireworks, no matter how large or small, will be rejected on public safety grounds.
“Like many other celebrations this year, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali will be different in 2020, but families in the district should not organize their own gatherings instead of the usual fireworks.
The fire department also encourages people not to have bonfires on public land this year to avoid attracting crowds that could spread the virus.
Keeping your trash can out of sight is a step you can take to avoid unnecessary problems next week, according to the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
“You can help to reduce the number of incidents during this time of campfires by not giving flammable material to anyone, especially young people, and by making sure that your rolling garbage garbage can stays out of sight – only put it out on the day of collection and bring it back in as soon as possible”.
Wirral Council works with the fire department to help with the disposal of waste containing fly droppings or unlit campfires.
Joe Cunliffe, Station Manager of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, said: “Intentional fires in the run-up to the night of the bonfire have put a heavy strain on the already overburdened resources of the fire department.