Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-08-04

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This page last updated on 4 August 2020


The Range has raised over ₤51,479 for the NHS

FOLLOWING months of hard working and dedicated staff applying strict social distancing measures in stores, The Range's staff have additionally raised a collective ₤51,479.56 for the NHS. Through fundraising, the store staff in all 175 Range stores across the UK have collected the grand total to be donated to the much loved National Health Service. With the added pressure of the Pandemic, The Range has put social distancing measures in place to protect staff and customers, ensuring the safety of all those in-store. They have been praised for their dedication to following the safety measures alongside their work in raising a large sum of money for the NHS to help during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In line with current Government guidelines, additional measures are in place to make it safe for staff and customers. These include:- social distancing markers to help people stay at least 2m apart, sanitising stations at the entrance and contactless card payment where possible. Owner and Founder of The Range, Chris Dawson states:- "I think our customers will be proud to learn that we have raised a collective ₤51,479.56 to help our valued and loved National Health Service. I am extremely proud of the effort store staff have put in to achieve this, as well as keeping our social distancing measures in place."


Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership issues plea to the public to respect local beauty spots

A number of organisations across Sefton are joining forces to remind people to continue to be sensible and respectful if they choose to spend time outdoors during the warm weather. The agencies who make up the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership include:- Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Transport Police, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and other key partners. On 4 August 2020 the partnership has launched a campaign covering many of the issues faced on the Sefton Coast. Since restrictions were lifted allowing people to spend more time outside, we have seen a rise in the number of people using local beaches, parks and beauty spots including:- Formby Nature Reserve and many of Sefton's beautiful beaches. The advice remains that everyone should maintain social distancing at all times. People also should check in advance of visiting places like National Parks and beaches to make sure they are prepared for visitors. We are also asking people to remain respectful and protect our public spaces. During the recent nice weather, the partnership has received reports of excessive littering and fires and BBQs being lit as well as people parking illegally and inconsiderately by blocking driveways and residential roads.

Mark Shaw from Sefton Council's Green Sefton service said:- "Our beaches are tempting but they are not able to cope with high level of visitors at the moment. For those few who do visit our coastline at this time, they are advised that stringent parking restrictions are in place, all rubbish must be taken home and BBQs are strictly prohibited along the entirety of the Sefton Coastline. At this time, we need people to think about their safety and the safety of others, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and Council staff."

Sefton Chief Inspector Mike O'Malley from Merseyside Police said:- "We continue to work closely alongside our partners to deal with all issues on Sefton's beautiful coastlines, and this August; with many choosing to holiday in this country due to travel restrictions; will be no different. We want all visitors to enjoy a safe, relaxing and enjoyable time, and show consideration for those who live in these areas. During spells of good weather this year we have had reports of excessive littering and fires and BBQ's being lit as well as people parking illegally and inconsiderately by blocking driveways and residential roads. Anyone acting antisocially should expect to be dealt with by Police in a robust manner, and we will also support other agencies in their work. I want to reassure those affected by anti social behaviour, underage drinking and other issues affecting the communities of Sefton that we will again make a co-ordinated effort to prevent such incidents from occurring. Throughout August 2020, Police Officers will be on foot, in vehicles and on quad bikes across the Sefton Coastline including:- Formby, Ainsdale and Crosby Beaches, as well as parks and beauty spots including Formby nature reserve."

PC David Baier from British Transport Police said:- "Everyone wants to enjoy this gorgeous weather and may head to the coast, but it's really important that people continue to social distance and wear compulsory face coverings when using public transport. These may be strange times, but the same rules apply regarding anti-social behaviour; we won't tolerate any abuse of passengers or rail staff and we'll continue to take a robust approach to anyone who breaks the rules."


Southport Weekender Festival Postponed until 4 September 2021

IN a statement the organisers of the Southport Weekender have said that:- "We are very sad to be bringing you the news today that we have taken the decision to cancel this years Southport Weekender Festival, just over a week after announcing is was all systems go. It will now take place from 4 September 2021. We cannot apologise enough for giving everybody false hope; the general opinion from the end of June was that the virus was rapidly receding and that by the end of August we would all be in a better place, but unfortunately during the last week or so it appears that progress has stalled a bit and we're going to have to hold on for a bit longer before we can contemplate putting on large shows again. We had spent many weeks making careful plans to deliver a safe event in conjunction with the local authorities, but in the light of recent developments we reluctantly think it best to postpone to next year now. We always said safety was our NO 1 priority and this has to be the case above all else. The most important thing is we all do our bit to get rid of this thing so we can enjoy better times ahead. We had an absolutely brilliant line up of artists from across the UK and Europe lined up and a good few of our American family as well, but the dream is not to become a reality. Things will get better, but just not now and 5 September 2020 is just a little bit too soon. We cannot thank everybody enough for your wonderful support from both yourselves and the many people in the industry hoping we could pull this off for the sake of something we all love. We gave this a right go to get things moving but alas circumstances have moved against us after things were looking so positive a very short while ago. With regards to refunds, thankfully we are in a position to offer these, because at least we have had a little time to plan, but it goes without saying that if you can support us by rolling these over until 2021, it would help us enormously. Anyone who has been given complimentary tickets from Bognor will of course have these honoured, and these will be 100% applicable for next year. For Southport Weekender 2020 Refund Request Form online."


Covid-19: Liverpool's 'proactive response'

LIVERPOOL City Council and its partners continue to take proactive community focused steps to control the increase in positive Covid-19 cases in the city. There has been a significant increase in confirmed cases in Liverpool. 37 cases were confirmed, from 20 July to 27 July 2020, with 71 cases confirmed, from 28 July to 3 August 2020. The confirmed cases continue to be centred on communities in the L8 postcode. As well as an extensive social media campaign, the council is partnering with community champions, community leaders, faith leaders and volunteers to engage with people face to face.

The Council has also taken the following steps:-


It has enacted its outbreak control plan and set up a daily incident meeting to manage the outbreak.

► 2 walk in testing facilities are now available in the community, located at Princes Park Health Centre's Car Park, Kinglsey Road, L8 0SY, 9am to 4pm, and from Wednesday, 5 August 2020, at the:- PAL Multicultural Centre, 68A Mulgrave St, L8 2TF, from 10am to 4pm. There is no need to pre-book an appointment.

► Community buildings have been advised to remain closed for 14 days, and all upcoming gatherings and events are also suspended for 14 days.

► Additional public health advice and guidance has been issued to:- cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area.

► People who have been shielding up until 31 July 2020, have now been advised that they need to continue to protect themselves from risk by staying at home as much as possible and minimising their social interactions in locations where the virus could be circulating.

► People have been asked not to visit other households unless the visit is essential. If the visit is essential, people have been reminded that they need to stay at least 3 metres away from anyone from a different household

► People have been advised not to stay overnight in another household.

Also:-

► Care homes in the Princes Park ward and the neighbouring areas of Picton and Greenbank have been asked to close to visitors and to non-essential staff visits for the next 14 days

► 3 of the Council's Children's Centres in:– Granby, Wavertree, and Picton; have also temporarily stopped delivering face to face services, but will continue to provide support for families over the phone as well as outreach services to vulnerable families.

Public Health Liverpool will continue to monitor the data of confirmed cases and the measures being taken will be continually reviewed to ensure they are keeping the City's communities safe and well.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "We have been blown away by the commitment of the communities to look out for each other in Princes Park and nearby areas. These are proactive measures that we have developed with the community in order to save lives and I want to offer our biggest thanks for everything they have done to help protect our City. I make no apology for our City being bold with measures like these, so that we can avoid situations like those that have developed in Greater Manchester and Leicester where there are more severe lockdowns. We are keeping a close eye on the situation so that we can react fast, and locally, to help the whole City. We will all need to work together to look after each other."

Liverpool Director of Public Health Matt Ashton said:- "The increase in positive cases in the L8 postcode has underlined that the issues we are facing are not over. Although we are working hard on the ground in 1 area of the City, the messages remain the same for all of us: keep washing your hands, wear a face covering if you are able, keep socially distancing and if you have any of the symptoms get tested and stay at home until you get the test results."


Metro Mayor Welcomes ₤26 million Investment Towards Building Back Better

THE Liverpool City Region's Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, has welcomed the announcement of a ₤26 million investment in four key projects expected to make a significant contribution to the City Region's economic recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. In mid June 2020, the Combined Authority was asked to submit bids for funding for capital projects that could deliver outputs such as jobs and economic growth within 18 months. The Government has announced today that it will fund all four bids from its Getting Building Fund.

The 4 projects that will receive Getting Building Funding are:-

► Littlewoods Studios - ₤11m.

► Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) Capacity Development - ₤2m.

► Glass Futures - ₤9m.

► Halsnead Garden Village - Employment Development - ₤4m.

Speaking about the announcement, Steve Rotheram said:- "This announcement is good news for our region. These four projects will create thousands of jobs and play a key role in the 1st stages of our economic recovery after Coronavirus. While today's funding is welcome, it is only the tip of the iceberg of the support we need from Government. A fortnight ago, I set out Building Back Better; our blueprint for that recovery. We are asking for ₤1.4bn to unlock nearly ₤9bn worth of projects, create over 120,000 jobs and help build thousands of homes for local people. Devolution; and Combined Authorities like ours; should be central to the Government's plans for recovery. By taking powers and money from Westminster and giving them to local people, we are able to shape a recovery that works for us, as we are in seeing with projects like these."

The funding was also welcomed by other City Region leaders:-

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "Littlewoods Studios is a hugely exciting regeneration project and this funding will ensure we can deliver the studios for the people of Liverpool. With streaming services like Netflix booming during lockdown, there's going to be more demand than ever for studio space. While Liverpool has a blossoming digital and film industry we want to capitalise on filming opportunities and the economic benefits they bring. Littlewoods Studios is going to change all that, providing Hollywood standard facilities that will complete our world class offer. Now, more than ever, we need to be looking to the future and focusing on major regeneration projects that will deliver highly skilled jobs and investment for the long term."

St Helens Borough Council Leader David Baines, said:- "St Helens is a borough with a proud industrial heritage. We have a magnificent legacy of industrial innovation, especially in the glass industry. While we are proud of our history, Glass Futures is all about innovation and looking to the future, and we want our borough to be at the very heart of this exciting project. St Helens Borough Council is committed to helping to make it happen and this latest funding decision is very welcome. The Glass Futures project will put St Helens on the regional, national and international stage."

Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:- "Halsnead Garden Village is a highly ambitious project for Knowsley and a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new unique settlement and make a major contribution towards the region's economy. This funding will facilitate and support the delivery of the Halsnead South logistics development which itself will deliver hundreds more jobs and a further ₤20m per year boost to the economy."

Professor David Lalloo, Director, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said:- "As the oldest institution of its kind in the world, LSTM has been tackling global health challenges since 1898. We are currently facing one of the greatest public health challenges we have ever seen, affecting the whole world, and this funding will enable us to rapidly train a future workforce capable of undertaking research and development on live virus isolates such as COVID-19."


Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 670 cases and the total number now stand at 306,293, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 89 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 46,299. In England, there are a total of 264,219 confirmed cases. North West - total of 46,906 confirmed cases.


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