coronavirus advice posters and social distancing pavement markers across Southport town centre have been defaced with messages claiming the pandemic is a ‘hoax’.
The Champion has received several calls from concerned visitors to the resort who are worried people could question or even ignore the safety advice given out on the signs - especially with the infection rate for Covid-19 on the rise.
One caller said: “It is of the utmost importance that people do take public safety seriously and continue to behave responsibly. I’m worried people will believe these idiots.”
A spokesman for Sefton Council, which is responsible for placing most of the massaging said: “We are aware that public and private signage, designed to encourage social distancing and keep our communities safe, has been vandalised in Southport Town Centre.
“As well as protecting individual businesses and their customers, these temporary measures are there to support our communities to help reduce the possibility of a wider COVID-19 outbreak and the potential need to introduce local restrictions, which would have a negative effect on everyone.
“While we are grateful to the thousands of healthcare professionals, residents, visitors and businesses who are playing their part in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Sefton, it is disappointing to see that a very small minority of people are behaving in a reckless and irresponsible manner.
“We strongly urge all our residents to report any instances of vandalism to the police immediately and we will be working over the coming weeks to remove any defaced local authority signage.”