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Merseyside Police – Statement ahead of Liverpool v Newcastle game

Merseyside Police is working with Liverpool FC and urging fans to continue to follow the latest Covid-19 restrictions ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle (24 April).  

The game kicks off at Anfield behind closed doors at 12.30pm and we are encouraging fans to act responsibly and in line with the latest guidance, to prevent a rise in cases of Covid-19 across the region. 

Superintendent Jonathan Davies said:

“The match will be televised, and with hospitality venues with outdoor seating open again, I would encourage anyone thinking of watching the game at these venues to plan ahead.  

“Pubs and bars are still limiting capacity to comply with Coronavirus guidelines, and table service is required, with many venues requiring a booking beforehand. Social distancing rules must still be observed and the ‘Rule of Six’ still applies, meaning meetings outdoors can take place between up to six people, or people from two households. 

“It is vital that the guidelines are followed so that we can continue to progress through the current roadmap. We are able to enjoy meeting friends and family outdoors because the vast majority of our communities have shown such patience and commitment during a challenging year. We hope fans will soon be able to return to live sporting events safely, but until then, please enjoy the game responsibly and without breaching any restrictions.  

“An appropriate policing operation has been put in place ahead of Saturday’s game, and we’ll have patrols on duty at the ground and surrounding area, as well as in the city centre and other areas across Merseyside. 

“As always, we will be working closely with Liverpool FC and other partners, to keep a close eye on all of our key locations and ensure that people are kept safe and discouraged from gathering inappropriately. 

“If you have any concerns on the day, report them to us via 999 in an emergency, or through passing information via @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, and we’ll take the appropriate action.”

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