PCC welcomes Tier 2 announcement

Jane Kennedy in a meeting

Merseyside's Police Commissioner has today joined leaders from the across the region in welcoming the news that all of the Liverpool City Region will move into Tier 2, following the end of the national lockdown on December 2nd.

Jane Kennedy said: "Today's announcement is very welcome news.

"I give my thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to save lives, helping to ensure our region is moved into Tier 2 after the national lockdown ends.

"My thanks also go to everyone at Merseyside Police who has engaged with and encouraged people across Merseyside to follow the regulations, working diligently to keep communities safe."

The Commissioner's comment come after a joint statement released by the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, City Mayor Joe Anderson and the six Local Authority leaders, which read:

“Today’s announcement that the Liverpool City Region will exit the national lockdown into Tier 2 is welcome news and a testament to the sacrifice and reliance of everyone who lives here. We’d like to thank each and every person that helped us to achieve this outcome.       

“When we entered Tier 3 restrictions seven weeks ago, we were in a very dangerous situation. We had the highest transmission rates in the country and faced the very real risk that our NHS would be overwhelmed. 

 “We are really pleased that today we see a more encouraging picture, with cases down by over two-thirds since their peak and COVID related hospital admissions also decreasing significantly, relieving some of the pressure on ICU.   

“The balance of evidence shows that although we faced a difficult decision over Tier 3, locally we took the right decisions, at the right time.   

“We recognised that action was required, but also fought hard for the financial support for our businesses and workers most affected. We always have and always will try to do the best thing for our people and our businesses.  

 “However, while today’s announcement is undoubtedly welcome, no one should be in any doubt that many difficult months ahead lie ahead.   

“We know that these new Tier 2 restrictions will still be tough for many of our businesses and, until a full vaccination programme has been rolled out, the threat from COVID remains a very real and present danger.   

“So, we urge everyone to continue to do what they have been doing so well over the past few weeks: following the guidance, protect each other and protect our health services. The worst thing we could do now is to slow the progress we have made or risk a third wave through complacency.  

“So please wear your face covering; keep your distance; wash your hands; keep getting tested; and use these hard-won freedoms wisely.”   

Steve Rotheram 

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region 

Cllr Rob Polhill 

Leader of Halton Council 

Cllr Graham Morgan 

Leader of Knowsley Council 

Joe Anderson OBE 

Mayor of Liverpool 

Cllr Ian Maher  

Leader of Sefton Council 

Cllr David Baines 

Leader of St Helens Council 

Cllr Janette Williamson 

Leader of Wirral Council