Police forces across Merseyside have issued guidance to all ahead of bars and restaurants re-opening this weekend.
In a video released by the Merseyside Police, Chief Inspector Andy Creer – one of the senior officers planning events for this weekend – advises things will look and feel very different as the city starts to reopen.
The senior officer says it is good news to see some restrictions lifted in terms of the economy and people finally getting to socialise with friends.
However, he warns that the reinfection rate is still higher in Merseyside than the national average.
This means that the measures put in place to ensure the safety of drinkers should be strictly followed.
Chief Inspector Andy Creer said: “We’ve got to get the city back to where it belongs and we need everyone to play their part.”
He added: “Come and have a good time – come and enjoy what this city has to offer but please be respectful to other people.”
"We simply cannot afford for this weekend to undo everyone’s efforts"
In a statement from Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Natalie Perischine said "things will look and feel different for those intending to go out".
She added: "This weekend is of course a significant step in the reopening of many businesses across Merseyside, but we must all tread carefully as people get used to how things will operate.
“Anyone intending to socialise in Merseyside this weekend needs to support each other, all businesses, and of course our emergency services, by going out in a responsible way.
“We are still sadly in the midst of a pandemic, and must do all we can to keep making progress. We simply cannot afford for this weekend to undo everyone’s efforts.
“The last thing anyone wants is for all Merseyside’s patience and selflessness to unravel and for lockdown measures to be reintroduced, as we are now seeing in other areas. We’d all be taking a massive backwards step and losing some hard-earned freedoms.
“Things will look and feel difference for those who are intending to go out"
"You’ll have to book in, queue up, and ensure social distancing is maintained throughout.
"People will need to be really patient and respect those who are working as hard as possible in these strange conditions including door staff, bar staff and people serving you.
New processes in place
“You’ll also see new processes in place, such as pedestrianised roads in places including Liverpool City Centre and Prescot Town Centre, to help people social distance outside bars.
"These measures are designed specifically with your safety in mind and we are hugely supportive of them.
“Planning a night out in advance has never been more important, so please ensure you’re allowed into where you want to go, stay safe from the spread of the virus, and ensure travel arrangements are in place so you can safely get home.
"Do your research and put the safety of yourself and others first.
Major policing operation in place this weekend
“We’ll have a major policing operation in place alongside businesses and our Local Authorities this weekend.
"Our officers will be patrolling those busy city and town centres to encourage, explain and educate people, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on all of our key locations, through patrols, CCTV monitoring and measures such as Dispersal Zones, should they be necessary.
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“Our emergency services don’t need any extra strain at these times, so remember that NHS staff need to be available for emergencies, not dealing with avoidable situations where people have overindulged or got into fights.
If you do come out, enjoy yourselves, stay safe and be kind to each other.
“Report any concerns to us via 999 in an emergency, or through passing information via @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, and we’ll take the appropriate action."