Mayor Joe Anderson threatens to “close the city” if people don’t behave today


As downtown Liverpool prepares to reopen today, Mayor Joe Anderson has warned that things could be closed again if people were not responsible.City and business leaders are understandably concerned about the reopening of bars, pubs and restaurants today – especially after the disturbing scenes seen at Pier Head last weekend.

The council and others have worked to re-imagine key downtown streets like Bold Street and Castle Street so that more space is provided outside of bars and restaurants to allow for social distancing.

But Mayor Anderson warned that if people were not behaving responsibly and observing social distancing in the downtown core, he and the council could be forced to shut things down again.

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He said, “We are anxious to know how it will all go.

“Obviously we have all seen what happened at Pier Head and what made the reputation of the city and we must be very wary of what is going on in the city center this weekend.

“We don’t yet know the impact it could have on viral infections in the city.

“We all have a responsibility in this regard, the board, businesses and the public.

“If things go wrong this weekend, there will be all kinds of implications for the city.

“It could mean that we will not reopen the following weekend or that we may have to place orders in certain areas in the future.

“Of course we want to try to progress, but it must absolutely be done safely.

“Be responsible, keep your distance from people, follow the rules and that’s how we can get out of town to get it started again. “

Work is taking place on Bold Street to create more space to eat and drink before this weekend

Bill Addy, president of the Liverpool Business Improvement District, has also warned people that action will be taken against those who do not behave in a responsible manner.

Addy said at Bold Street, where the IDB has a license in place, there will be a “zero tolerance” approach to anyone causing problems.

He said: “The city center must be safe and welcoming for everyone. In the Liverpool BID area, hotel companies plan to reopen next Saturday.

“Liverpool Without Walls will allow businesses, where possible, to open up to the outside.

“For the companies that reopen Bold Street, it will be under the Liverpool BID Company license, there will be zero tolerance for any anti-social behavior, or for any threatening or intimidating behavior.

“To all our taxpayers in the city, come see us with your concerns.

“For any member of the public, rest assured that your safety is our top priority. “


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