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 9th April 2021. 

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease in England from 12th April, we'll keep updating our FAQs with important information regarding visiting Liverpool.


Are businesses open in Liverpool?


As of Monday 12th April 2021 all non-essential retail will be allowed to open with social distancing measures in place. Hospitality venues such as bars, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve people outdoors following COVID-secure guidelines. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alchohol, and no curfew - although customers must order, eat and drink while seated. The rule of 6 still applies. 

Outdoor attractions such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will also be allowed to open. 


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?


People should continue to minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays are still prohibited. 


Are hotels open?


Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilites are not shared with out households can reopen. We would always advise checking ahead with the accomodation provider to see if they are open and what COVID-secure measures they have in place. 


Are non-essential retail stores open?


All non-essential retail can open from 12th April 2021 with social distancing measures in place. This includes personal care premises, public buildings such as libraries and community centres.


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?


As of 12th April 2021, the rule of six applies to meeting friends and families outside and in gardens. This means you can meet in groups of six or two households with larger numbers outside, provided they stick to Covid guidelines and social distancing rules. 


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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