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A message from us...It's not goodbye, it's see you later...

We appreciate how much you love Southport but in these unprecedented times, holidays are not for now. You must stay safe at home and not travel to or around Southport.

While you might not be able to come in person, we hope to bring you a touch of light relief and inspiration in these uncertain days and will continue to send you great images and stories about Southport from time to time - our way of keeping you smiling through these difficult months.

On our social channels we will also encourage you to do the same and keep the story of Southport very much alive in our hearts and minds.

Southport will welcome you with open arms once you’re able to visit again and we'll be here to help you plan a trip that will live long in your memory when the time is right.

So it is not goodbye, it is see you later


How will the coronavirus situation affect my trip to Southport?

To ensure compliance with the government's instruction to stay at home, the following restrictions are in place:

  • All shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship are closed.
  • There are no gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with.
  • All social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals, are not to go ahead.
  • Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

I am no longer travelling on my planned trip to Southport, can I get a refund on my hotel?

If your trip to Southport has been impacted by the current Coronavirus situation, please contact your hotel or booking provider directly in order to discuss your options. 

I have tickets to an upcoming event in Southport, will it still be going ahead?

All public gatherings have been cancelled and public spaces closed. If you had a ticket for an event booked and the venue already hasn't been in contact, we would suggest you contact them in three weeks to discuss further options.

The government has advised that certain businesses - including:

  • pubs, cinemas and theatres
  • all non-essential retail stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
  • libraries, community centres, and youth centres .
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
  • communal places within parks , such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
  • places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
  • hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

More detailed information can be found here , including a full list of those businesses and other venues that must close..

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A dry cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Check if you need medical help

You should use the NHS 111’s online coronavirus service if you need medical help. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Call 111 if you need to speak to someone. Use this service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

More information is available on the NHS website.

If you are a Southport resident and require more information, please head to Sefton Council for regular updates on coronavirus.