Sun 28 Feb 2021
WARRINGTON Walking Day could happen this summer after the government revealed its roadmap to end lockdown.
The historic event was cancelled for one of the first times in history last year.
But Warrington Borough Council chief executive Steven Broomhead says it is back under 'active consideration' following Boris Johnson's announcement on Monday.
Mr Johnson said all restrictions could be over on June 21 if four coronavirus targets are hit – this would allow walking day to take place on July 2.
Autumn events such as the Tour of Britain, the Warrington half marathon and Rugby League World Cup are also back under consideration.
Mr Broomhead said logistically a decision on whether walking day should take place would have to be taken by the end of March.
He added: "The roadmap does provide an opportunity looking at the dates. But we have to proceed with caution, because complacency is the biggest danger now.
"Certainly walking day and all the autumn events are back under active consideration about the feasibility of staging them.
"It would be great to bring back some normality, but it all depends on the data."
Mr Broomhead said while he welcomed the 'sensible' timetable, more information would be needed on how businesses currently helped by state support – such as Warrington's Own Buses – would be supported when public money stops.
He added: "There are two sides to this, beyond the dates.
"There are some very big issues to be considered now. Those sectors which have needed state funding, how are they supported when the funding stops."