COVID-19 FAQs - A pink sunset with the Liver Bird

Please find below some further information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions surrounding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Liverpool.

Correct as of 5th January 2021. 

England is now in lockdown. This means that restaurants, attractions, museums and non-essential retail in Liverpool will be forced to close.


Are businesses still open?

As of Wednesday 6th January restaurants, attractions, non-essential retail, museums and galleries are required to close by law. Certain businesses such as essential retail including, food shops, supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open following COVID-secure guidelines.  


Will hospitality venues be offering a delivery/take away service?

Yes. Hospitality venues are permitted to continue a no contact service for food and drink as long as this is through delivery, click & collect or a drive through service. You can find out which venues are offering this service here


Can I visit Liverpool?

No. You must stay home and only leave home for essential reasons:

  • To shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work or provide voluntary services that you cannot do from home
  • Exercise - this should be limited to once a day
  • Meet your support or childcare bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • Seek medical assistance
  • Fleeing domestic abuse
  • Attend education or childcare


Are hotels open?

Accommodation providers in Liverpool must close for leisure purposes and can only operate under exceptional circumstances which can be found on the government website.


Are non-assential retail stores open?

Non-essential retail stores are not open.


Can I attend a sporting event? 

Public attendance at spectator sport is not permitted.


When do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings are compulsory at all indoor public spaces, public transport and taxis. This is now required by law and those not wearing a mask could face fines.

The above does not apply if you are exempt. For more information on when you need to wear a face covering please visit the Government website.


Can I meet up with friends and family?

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or not in a support bubble with. 

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.


I have purchased tickets for an event in Liverpool. Is it still going ahead?

We recommend contacting the event organiser directly to establish whether the event is still taking place.


Are there any changes to public transport in Liverpool City Region?

Public transport is still operational across the Liverpool City Region. If you’re using public transport please follow Merseytravel's important journey planning advice including planning ahead and try to avoid busy times and routes. If you do use public transport, face coverings are mandatory unless you are exempt.


Where can I find out more about Liverpool’s SMART testing scheme?

For more information on Liverpool’s SMART testing scheme please see the Liverpool City Council’s website.


What do I do if I visit Liverpool and start to experience some of the symptoms of Coronavirus whilst I am there?

 Inform the accommodation provider of your situation. If you have any coronavirus-like symptoms, even just one, you must isolate immediately for 10 days (don’t wait for a test or a test result before doing so) and then book a test here. The test needs to be done in the first five days of having symptoms.


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