Young people across Sefton are being asked to submit colourful drawings, paintings, and designs to brighten up the Borough’s two, walk-through COVID-19 test sites in Bootle and Southport.

Both of Sefton’s walk-through Local Testing Sites, which greatly improve access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car, are now open. They are located opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Southport Town Hall with access via the Corporation Street entrance.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “It’s great that Sefton has these two Local Test Centres to enable more people to access these vital tests that tell them if they are positive for coronavirus and whether they need to isolate.

“But they look a bit dull at the moment and we wanted to make them a bit more welcoming, which is where Sefton’s young people come in.

“Send us your colourful paintings, drawings, designs and masterpieces and we will use them to brighten up the surroundings for people going along for a test and the people working in the centres.”

Completed artwork can be posted to Sefton Council, Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, L20 7AE, or sent by email to communications@sefton.gov.uk to be printed out.

Sefton’s two walk-through sites are the first in Merseyside and will be in place for several months. Each has between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour. Users are asked to self-swab when attending.

To get a test at one of the centres, people first need to book a test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845.

There is on-street pay-and-display parking nearby for those people travelling to the Local Testing Sites by car.