Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-09-08

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This page last updated on 08 September 2020


Enviromental health team to visit beauty salons in Sefton

SEFTON Council's Environmental Health team will be visiting a Bootle beauty salon claiming it is flouting required Coronavirus safety regulations to ensure that the measures to protect the business's customers and employees from the virus are in place.

Environmental Health Officers were made aware that the business has been claiming in a poster that masks are not being worn at the salon despite rules requiring staff to wear surgical face masks and visors to limit the spread of the disease. The poster also denies the existence of Covid19, which has been the cause of death for over 1,000 people in Merseyside Hospitals, and bans mention of the pandemic.

Cllr Paulette Lappin Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said:- "Once our Environmental Health team was made aware of this disappointing situation, we contacted the owner of the company and have arranged a visit today. We will be meeting with the owner on Wednesday morning. If the situation cannot be resolved satisfactorily during this meeting, and we are not satisfied that measures to keep customers and staff safe are in place, we will consider taking formal enforcement action."

Merseyside Police Officers will be attending the salon today to speak to the staff and owner to make sure they are aware of their responsibilities.

Sefton Council is reminding local businesses and their customers of the importance of following the Government's Covid19 guidance, which includes the distancing, cleaning and face covering measures required to help keep clients and staff safe. For customers, this means following any of the measures in place for their protection and making sure they provide any Test and Trace information requested on arrival.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:- "As well as protecting individual businesses and their customers, these measures are there to support the whole economy by helping to reduce the possibility of a wider Covid19 outbreak and the potential need to introduce local restrictions, which would have a negative effect on everyone."

Sefton Community Policing Superintendent Graeme Robson said:- "My Officers will be visiting the salon to speak to the staff and manager and reminding them of their continued responsibilities around Covid19 and the safety and wellbeing of their staff and customers. We will also be linking in with colleagues in the Environmental Health team at Sefton Council. We continue to remind the public and our local businesses that they should be continuing to follow the current Government guidance around social distancing, face coverings and Test and Trace."

Sefton Council's Environmental Health team has been working with businesses across the Borough to help them put in place the measures needed to keep employees and customers safe.


Sefton Council are delighted to announce details for the reopening of Bootle One Stop Shop

THE Stanley Road One Stop Shop has been closed for nearly 6 months, since the national lockdown in March. However, with the introduction of a range of new measures designed to keep customers and visitors safe, and a comprehensive risk assessment in place, the One Stop Shop will now reopen, on Monday 14 September 2020.

New opening hours (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday) and an appointment only system won't be the only changes customers will notice.

There will no longer be a cash or card facility at payment kiosks, card payments can be made using the Council's automated phone service or online payment facility. Direct Debits can be set up for Council Tax payments.

The One Stop Shop will also not be offering any Taxi Licensing appointments in the first weeks following reopening. However significant improvements have been made to the online service on the Council website and anyone who has any questions or issues in relation to Taxi Licensing can email:- TaxiApplication@Sefton.Gov.UK. Colleagues at the Sefton Council contact centre cannot assist with Taxi Licensing queries. The Council Taxi Licensing Team have had ongoing conversations with Trade Representatives to make them aware of these changes.

Fewer booths (down to 6 from 11) mean customers will no longer be allowed to drop in; all visitors must pre-book a 30 minute appointment by calling:- 03451400845.

72 appointments are available each day with the last appointment at 3.30pm. Appointments will be focussed on supporting vulnerable customers wishing to claim Benefits and Emergency Limited Assistance Scheme (ELAS).

Visitors are asked to be on time, any late arrivals may risk losing their appointment slot, and with no waiting area available, visitors are asked not to arrive too early and to attend alone where possible.

Public toilets will not be available.

Visitors will be required to wear a face covering and ensure social distancing; hand sanitiser Stations will be provided, and anyone with any Covid19 symptoms, including a temperature, is asked not to enter the building.

We appreciate that some of these changes may cause frustration for some customers, but we ask that One Stop Shop staff are treated with respect. Please be patient, be kind.

Plans are in place to reopen a One Stop Shop service in Southport soon, and details of the reopening will be available in the coming weeks.


Drivers admit to speeding on quiet roads during lockdown

AS face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, Merseyrail has gone 1 step further to reinforce the message to customers by:- "covering up" on 5 of its trains. A large yellow face covering has also been added to the outside of 5 of the rail operator's trains alongside the message:- "Have you got it covered?" and is now visible travelling around the network. It has been mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings on public transport, since 15 June 2020, unless exempt, and this latest campaign is part of Merseyrail's commitment to ensuring passengers adhere to the rules on their trains and at Stations to protect themselves and others while travelling. Additionally, various statues across the Liverpool City Region including:- The Beatles, Cilla Black and even a Lambanana have been sporting Merseyrail branded face coverings to help raise awareness. These customised masks will also be available to purchase in Merseyrail's Mtogo stores at:- Liverpool Central, Southport and Liverpool South Parkway, from Tuesday, 08 September 2020. The campaign also comes as schools prepare to fully reopen and many employees begin to return to their places of work. Educating passengers on the use of face coverings is just one of the steps Merseyrail has taken to ensure that passengers can enjoy a safe, reliable and efficient service when travelling. Other steps include:-

Social distance signage at Stations on floors, escalators and lifts.

Queuing systems at busier Stations.

Increased cleaning regimes using specialist microbial cleaners that kill pathogens on surfaces.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said:- "The safety of our passengers and our staff has been our top priority during this pandemic and the wearing of face coverings is a major part of this. We have been reminding our passengers about the new rules for a number of months now and we wanted to reinforce this message in a more visible and unique way. I would encourage all of our passengers to let us know if they spot these trains on our network by sharing their images with us on social media by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. All of our staff are working hard to keep people moving across the Liverpool City Region as safely as possible, and I would ask that our passengers support us in this by wearing a face covering, socially distancing where they can, using contactless payments and travelling outside busier times where possible."


Total UK cases Covid-19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 2,460 cases and the total number now stand at 352,560, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 32 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 41,586.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 757. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 77. Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 124.

In England, there are a total of 304,269 confirmed cases. North West; total of 56,743 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

Liverpool, 3,115 confirmed cases.

Halton, 779 confirmed cases.

Knowsley, 1,141 confirmed cases.

Sefton, 1,792 confirmed cases.

St. Helens, 1,347 confirmed cases.

Wirral, 2,391 confirmed cases.



The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local Authorities around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,948 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,131 confirmed cases.

Bolton, 2,794 confirmed cases.

Bury, 1,712 confirmed cases.

Cheshire East, 2,480 confirmed cases.

Cheshire West and Chester, 2,211 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 8,704 confirmed cases.

Manchester, 4,687 confirmed cases.

Oldham, 3,088 confirmed cases.

Preston, 1,551 confirmed cases.

Rochdale, 2,418 confirmed cases.

Salford, 2,004 confirmed cases.

Stockport, 2,066 confirmed cases.

Tameside, 2,106 confirmed cases.

Trafford, 1,782 confirmed cases.

Warrington, 1,519 confirmed cases

Wigan, 2,430 confirmed cases


WARNING - Some areas within England which are currently in Lockdown or have Enhanced Restrictions

LOCKDOWN restrictions have been eased in:- Stockport, Burnley, Hyndburn, parts of Bradford, excluding Bradford City and Keighley Town, parts of Calderdale, excluding:- Halifax, and parts of Kirklees, excluding:- Dewsbury and Batley.

According to Government rules, people living in these areas can now:-

Socialise in groups of up to 2 households indoors or in private gardens

Stay overnight at somebody else's home but must try to social distance

Book close contact services such as facials and brow or eyelash treatments

Visit bowling alleys, roller rinks, soft play centres and casinos

Measures were imposed at the end of July amid a rise in cases.

Stockport has joined Wigan in being allowed to have 2 households socialise indoors.

But in:- Bolton, Trafford, Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury and Tameside it is still banned. In Oldham people are advised not to meet up with other households outdoors as well.

Daily reported Covid deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed positive Covid test.  

Daily and cumulative numbers of Covid-19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected Covid-19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.


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