COVID-19 has not gone away. We need to prevent local outbreaks and be prepared for when they occur.

To Keep Wirral Well, we need to work together as a community to stop the spread of the virus. This page contains information about our Outbreak Prevention and Control plan. It also explains what organisations and residents can do to support us.

Wirral’s Outbreak Management Plan

On 22 May the government asked all councils to develop local COVID-19 outbreak plans.

Our local outbreak plan gives an overview of how we will work to Keep Wirral well. It  describes what action will be taken and how resources will be used.

The Plan is based on our three key principles to prevent, control and manage outbreaks of COVID-19. It will continue to develop, reflecting the changing nature of the virus, its progression and other local factors.

Support for organisations

It is vital to Wirral that our businesses get back to doing what they do best, working hard and building up our local economy.

For information to help you when reopening your business after lockdown, please see the Wirral Business Toolkit.

We will continue to support local organisations, businesses, community groups and the faith sector to safely reopen. We will provide advice and guidance, including help with risk assessments. 

What to do if someone in your organisation has COVID-19 symptoms

If a member of your organisation has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they must stay at home, self-isolate, and get a test.

Find out about COVID-19 testing in Wirral

If a member of staff has helped someone with symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell.

Closure of the whole business will not generally be necessary.

Report a suspected outbreak of COVID-19

If two or more people with a link to your organisation have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you need to let us know.

Report a suspected outbreak of COVID-19

We require a contact name, the details of the organisation, and the details of anyone who is symptomatic.

What happens next?

Once we have received notification of your outbreak, you will be contacted by an Environmental Health Officer.

Out of hours support for employers

If there is more than one case of COVID-19 associated with a workplace at a weekend, evening or bank holiday, employers should contact their local health protection team (HPT) to report the suspected outbreak:

Cheshire and Merseyside HPT out of hours: 0151 434 4819

Support for residents

To Keep Wirral Well, all residents are urged to follow local and national guidance.

Local COVID-19 advice, guidance and support information

National COVID-19 advice, guidance and support information

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home, self-isolate, and get a test.

Find out about COVID-19 testing in Wirral

For advice on coronavirus and what to do, please use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call 111 if require medical help.

If you have been in contact with a person who has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

You must self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive
  • you're told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus (COVID-19)

Follow this advice if you're told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus (COVID-19).