Thousands show how to act in lockdown on first day rules eased

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Thousands of people across Liverpool showed exactly how you should behave during lockdown on the first days of relaxed rules.

After Boris Johnson's announcement over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak many people returned to work on Wednesday.

People were advised they could also exercise and met members of another household in parks and open spaces as long as they continued to socially distance.

Despite concerns that the new rules would be abused, people in Liverpool set the perfect example of how to treat the lockdown by exercising safely and travelling to work responsibly.

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Pictures taken across Merseyside on Wednesday showed commuters heading to train stations for essential journeys.

But unlike other areas of the country, travellers relying on public transport only used it where completely necessary and continued to socially distance while at stations.

Lime Street remained quiet with only necessary travel taking place as rail workers helped those commuting to keep their distance from eachother.

Queen Square bus station also remained quiet and it is believe that many chose to travel to work by car, bicycle or on foot where possible.

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People coming out of Lime Street Station wearing masks

The small amount of commuters who did use public transport were also seen wearing masks, as recommended by the government.

These small gestures showed just how seriously some people in the city were taking their own safety, and the safety of others, despite the new rules.

Elsewhere in the city, people exercising in local parks made sure to keep distance from each other and respected the personal space of others who were out enjoying the good weather.

Commuters using public buses during peak hour in Liverpool city centre

Anglers on the beach at New Brighton also made sure to keep two metres between themselves as cyclists and walkers on Egremont Promenade showed how exercising could be carried out safely.

The lift in regulations was however seen by many as an opportunity to enjoy the reopening of drive-thru restaurants which took place today.

Queues of cars stretched onto the main road close to one reopened Burger King in Warrington as dozens waited for their meals.

Anglers fishing from the beach at New Brighton

Customers blocked traffic on Newton Road at lunch time on Wednesday as if to celebrate the lockdown ease with a burger and chips.

The amazing behaviour of so many was also darkened by the news of anti-lockdown mass protests that have been planned for Liverpool and Wirral.

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.

People queuing up at the Burger King Drive-Through,Warrington

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.

The poster claims the coronavirus lockdown is “unlawful” but the idea of a huge gathering has been slammed as a "disgrace".

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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.

In the Prime Minister's speech earlier this week, he also outlined other aspects of the lockdown roadmap that could see primary school children return to classrooms by June.

But once again, Merseyside has seemingly decided its own fate with Mayor Joe Anderson stating that he will "resist" the schools reopening in Liverpool in a few weeks time.

A commuter coming out of Lime Street Station

He said he could not see the logic of forcing primary pupils to go back when issues around safety and transmission of the virus are still unclear.

Speaking to the ECHO, Mayor Anderson said: "As the council, we have a duty of safeguarding for these children and to protect our staff.

"There is a real issue in having children return to school and not knowing whether they might be carrying the virus and spreading it to other kids and to staff.

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"We are hearing from parents and unions who have massive concerns about the fact the government are forcing this and for what? For four weeks?"

The Mayor had also taken to Twitter earlier today to tweet: "Education is vital, however, it does not come before the health and safety of our children & staff.

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