- Title: Liverpool fans celebrating title urged to return home amid COVID-19 worries
- Date: 27th June 2020
- Summary: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 26, 2020) (REUTERS) SCARF, READING (English) "THANK YOU JURGEN" VARIOUS OF LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB MERCHANDISE IN STREET SHOP VARIOUS OF BRITISH NEWSPAPERS FROM JUNE 26
- Embargoed: 11th July 2020 10:21
- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavirus Liverpool Premier League fan celebrations
- Location: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Health/Medicine,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA003CK5AVRB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE DURING FAN CELEBRATIONS IN SHOT 21
Fans gathering at the Liverpool city centre for a second night in a row to celebrate their team's Premier League title win have been urged to return to their homes due to fears of a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Liverpool's 30-year wait for their 19th English top-flight title ended on Thursday after second-placed Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.
Thousands of fans turned up at Anfield stadium on Thursday (June 25) to celebrate the win, and Merseyside Police issued a dispersal order on Friday (June 26) after crowds gathered for a second consecutive night at the city centre near the Mersey Ferry terminal.
The police said on Twitter that the order would remain in force until Sunday (June 28).
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson urged fans to return home after pictures of the crowd near the Mersey Ferry terminal emerged on social media.
"I am really concerned about scenes at Pier Head tonight. I appreciate LFC fans want to celebrate but please, for your own safety, and that of others, go home and celebrate at home," Anderson said on Twitter.
"COVID-19 is still a major risk and our city has already lost far too many people to the illness."
Britain has one of the world's highest death tolls from the novel coronavirus. The country has reported more than 309,000 infections and over 43,400 deaths as of 0600GMT on Saturday (June 27).
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