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 17 May 2021.


Are businesses open in Liverpool?


As of Monday 17th May indoor hospitality such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes will reopen allowing people to dine indoors in groups of 6 or two households. Venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, museums, attractions, children’s play areas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadiums can also reopen alongside hotels, hostels and B&Bs.

Non-essential retail continues to remain 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?


Yes, you can visit Liverpool. You should continue to plan ahead and travel safely where possible. 


Are hotels open?


As of 17 May, all holiday accommodation may reopen. You can stay overnight in a hotel, B&B, campsite, caravan, boat, or other accommodation. You may only stay overnight in holiday accommodation in groups of up to 6 or from 2 households. 


Are non-essential retail stores open?


All non-essential retail is now open. Face coverings are required indoors unless exempt and there may be limited capacity in certain stores. 


Can I attend a sporting event? 


Sporting events may now take place with restrictions in place. Outdoor adult contact sport and indoor group exercise can restart. 

Outdoor large sporting events will have a maximum capacity of 4,000 people or must only be half full. 

Bigger sports stadiums will be allowed 10,000 people or can only be quarter full, whichever is lower.

We would recommend checking with the event organiser to see if your event is going ahead. 


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 on 17 May, the rule of six or two households applies to meeting friends and families indoors. If you are meeting friends and family you can make a personal choice on whether to keep your distance but you should still be cautious. 

Most restrictions on meeting people outdoors have been lifted but gatherings must not exceed 30 people unless covered by a legal exemption. 


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.


For more information on COVID-19 restrictions please visit the Government's website here. 


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