Trick or Treating discouraged and Bonfire Night events suspended across St Helens Borough

The annual Spark in the Park fireworks display will not be going ahead this year, as the council sets out ways in which residents celebrating Bonfire Night and Halloween can do so safely at home.

With Halloween approaching participation in ‘Trick or Treating’ is being discouraged this year to prevent further spread of Covid-19.

Under new restrictions, organising a large-scale visitor attraction like Spark in the Park and encouraging such unnecessary social mixing would not be possible.

The threat of Covid-19 is still present and rising across the region leading to the Government placing St Helens Borough and the Liverpool City Region on the ‘very high’ (Tier 3) alert level from Wednesday 14 October.

Hospital admission rates are increasing with Whiston Hospital seeing its number of positive Covid-19 cases doubling over the last week. The hospital now plans to open a fourth Covid-19 ward to cope with the increase in admissions.

Parents are advised that the traditional Trick or Treating carries an increased risk of infection by its nature, with significant and unnecessary social mixing between many different households.

Residents may wish to arrange their own fireworks at home but are reminded that fireworks can be extremely dangerous. If you must have fireworks, you are urged to use them safely, with respect and consideration towards neighbours, and without breaking current coronavirus lockdown measures. For firework safety guidance visit www.merseyfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/community-safety/firework-and-sparkler-safety

Currently, it is against the law to meet with members of other households outside of your support or childcare bubble in a home or private garden, as well as restaurants, cafes and all other indoor spaces.

For the latest information on the current restrictions visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus

In place of the traditional activities, St Helens Borough Council has created an online #AwesomeAutumn hub, with a host of activities, safety tips, family crafts and recipes. You can also take part in two live quiz events on Halloween (31st October) and Bonfire Night (5th November) starting at 6pm.

Families can also download and print a series of colouring sheets, which can keep younger children entertained in the spirit of Halloween along with their favourite spooky film.

Visit the hub at www.sthelens.gov.uk/awesomeautumn

The announcement comes as this year’s Operation Good Guy launches, an annual campaign in which local agencies including the council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and social landlords work together to combat anti-social behaviour and nuisance fires and keep St Helens Borough safe and clean during the Halloween and bonfire period.

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