Plans for mass gatherings in Liverpool and Wirral been branded ‘a disgrace’

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REPORTED plans for two mass gatherings in Liverpool and Wirral this weekend have been branded ‘a disgrace’.

An online poster being circulated on social media is asking people to become part of the “largest mass gathering since the lockdown” with specific events apparently being planned on both sides of the river.

Many similar events have been advertised as taking place this weekend across the country in defiance at the social distancing rules in place.

The protest appears to have been organised by an anti-vaxxing group called the UK Freedom Movement.

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The poster claims the coronavirus lockdown is “unlawful”.

Responding to the advert, Wirral councillor Tony Norbury, said: “This is a disgrace.

“It’s bad enough the government relaxing the lockdown when we are still seeing numbers of people being infected and dying of this horrible virus.

“[But] whoever is responsible for this atrocity that will cause thousands more to be infected by flouting what lockdown process we still have in place, needs to have the full weight of the law thrown at them to stop such irresponsible actions from taking place.”

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The Labour member for Prenton, added: “It is beyond incredible that any organisation would organise such an event in one of the worse hit Covid-19 areas in the country whatever their misguided motivation.”

Apparent gatherings also appear to be taking place in London, Nottingham, Swansea, Cardiff, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Plymouth, Southampton, as well as other UK locations.

The poster for the Merseyside gatherings, added: “We say no to the coronavirus bill. No to mandatory vaccines. No to the new normal and no to the unlawful lockdown.”

Liverpool councillor and cabinet member for health, Cllr Paul Brant, said: “It is completely selfish to expose the wider population to increased risk of spreading the virus at a time when death rates are just starting to fall in the City.

“The figures speak for themselves: City deaths are up almost 400 in the past month.”

Cllr Brant added: “Every day, NHS and care home staff are putting their own lives on the line to care for those who are falling sick with the virus.

“It is beyond recklessly stupid to hold this type of event and anyone taking part could end up putting their own life or those of their loved ones at risk because you can be carrying it without displaying any symptoms.

“My plea to everyone at this time is to please follow the guidance and minimise the chance of spreading what is a killer virus.”

Despite Boris Johnson’s slight relaxing of the lockdown, mass gatherings are still banned.

People are now allowed to meet one other person from another household in a park.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police, said: “We are aware of a poster being circulated on social media regarding plans for a gathering in two Merseyside parks on Saturday.

“The public are encouraged to continue observing government guidance and are advised to not put themselves and others at risk.

“We will continue to engage with our communities, explaining why it is important to abide by restrictions and those who continue to ignore this advice, will face the necessary consequences.”

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