This afternoon, Culture Liverpool announced that test lights will be turned off tonight and tomorrow, due to high winds.
We hope that the trail will be lit again from Monday. #
Breaking the news on Twitter, Culture Liverpool said: “Due to high winds, #RiverOfLight will have to be deactivated tonight and tomorrow. We hope to come back on Monday and look forward to welcoming you back throughout the week. ”
The River of Light Trail features 11 illuminated works of art along a 2km loop through the city center, including a 30.5m Rainbow Bridge.
The trail was launched last Tuesday, March 23, to mark a year since the country went into lockdown due to the pandemic. It is expected to last until April 5.
The event proved popular and there were concerns after photos sent to ECHO showed large numbers of people around some of the facilities.
One person who sent photos to ECHO said he was “surprised” at the number of people near some of the light installations.
Yesterday, the Liverpool Council said it was continuing to ‘fine-tune’ the route and asked visitors to continue to ‘play their part to make it safe by following social distancing guidelines’.
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He said: “Culture Liverpool has worked very closely with Public Health Liverpool and members of the Safety Advisory Group to ensure that River of Light is as safe as possible for Covid.
“We are working to refine the trail and make changes as we understand how people use it, and we ask them to play their part in making it safe by following social distancing guidelines and wearing a face mask,” unless there is a medical exemption.
“The number of people using the trail decreases after around 8:30 pm and it’s a quieter time to visit. All of our employees are required to wear masks at all times. ”