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PM's National Covid19
AS reported Coronavirus cases
rise within England by over 2,000 cases for the 4th day running, the Prime
Minister, Boris Johnson, has addressed the nation and said that:- "we must
act" to avoid another lockdown. He then set out a new:- "rule of
6" that will restrict gatherings to a maximum of 6 people. He also added
that this new rule will now be enforced by the Police with fines or arrests.
A new trend is also being seen, with reported Coronavirus cases now being more
prevalent within the younger population, with 54 cases per 100,000 in the 19 to
21 year old age group.
In a public statement Boris Johnson said:- "It breaks my heart to have to
insist on these restrictions."
The new "rule of 6" in England means:-
Within England social gatherings of more than 6 people will not be allowed in
law, from Monday, 14 September 2020.
The new rule applies to people within:- private homes, indoors and outdoors, and
places such as pubs, restaurants, cafes and public outdoor spaces.
The new rules does not apply to:- Schools and workplaces, or weddings, funerals
and organised team sports.
People who ignore enforcement orders, carried out by the Police, could be fined
₤100, doubling with each offence to a maximum of ₤3,200.
The new riles will apply to all ages, but a full list of exemptions is due to be
published before the law changes within England.
Prime Minister, Johnson also added that there would be a range of measures to
enforce Coronavirus restrictions more effectively. The new measures will
Opening hours could be restricted in some areas, like in Bolton where venues
must already close between 10pm and 5am.
New "Covid Secure Marshals" will be introduced to help ensure
social distancing is being applied within Town and City Centres.
Venues such as pubs and restaurants will now be legally required to request
contact details of everyone visiting the premises. This record will then be held
for 21 days and provide it to NHS Test and Trace if required. Failure to comply
with these new Tracks and Trace rules will see the venue facing fines of ₤1,000.
For those travelling, the passenger locator forms, which are filled out by
travellers returning to the UK, will be simplified and Border Force will
increase enforcement of the quarantine rules.
The Prime Minister additionally added that he wants to see new Coronavirus swab
or saliva tests to be introduced, that will have a turned around of 90 minutes
(1 hours and 30 minutes) or even as quick as 20 minutes:- "in the near
future." This he says will help to identify people who do not have
Coronavirus and are not infectious. If this is possible, it would let people go
about their every day lives:- "in a more 'normal' way" even if a
vaccine or treatment is not available.
Postponed Great British
Spring Clean is back... as the Great British September Clean
ENVIRONMENTAL charity Keep Britain Tidy's flagship campaign, which was
postponed in March as the country went into lockdown, will re-launch this
weekend. The campaign has one aim; to get as many people as possible out and
about clearing up the litter that blights every part of the country, from the
remotest corner of our countryside to our beautiful beaches.
Keep Britain Tidy Deputy CEO Richard McIlwain said:- "The need for a
national clean up has never been greater. Over the summer, as lockdown eased, we
saw an epidemic in littering, particularly in our parks and on our beaches. This
campaign is about encouraging everyone to do their bit to clean up our beautiful
country and make a difference to our environment. Litter picking quickly
transforms an area from one that looks neglected into a place that people can
feel proud of. At the same time, this act of caring sends a loud, clear message
to those that selfishly throw their rubbish on the ground that it is not
The campaign, in partnership with the Daily Mail, is made possible thanks to
headline partners Co-op, Mars Wrigley, Red Bull and Wilko and is supported by
players of People's Postcode Lottery. The campaign is also supported by Clear
Channel, Coca-Cola, Pepsi MAX and Walkers.
To find out how you can get involved and stay safe at the same time, whether
that's by pledging to pick up some litter in the course of your daily routine or
organising a clean up with up to 5 friends or family, visit:-
LGA responds to PM's
announcement on tougher Council Powers
RESPONDING to the Prime
Minister's announcement that councils will be given tougher powers to tackle
businesses flouting COVID19 rules, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA's Safer
and Stronger Communities Board, said:- "Councils continue to work
tirelessly to support communities through this pandemic and to ensure they are
prepared for the threat of a potential second wave. Most hospitality businesses
are working hard, supported by Councils, to ensure they comply with COVID19
rules. However, some premises are not collecting contact details of customers so
they can be reached in the event of a local outbreak. This is clearly a danger
to communities, putting people at risk of infection so it is good that this will
become mandatory, as Councils have called for. While most businesses are
implementing the necessary measures to protect people's safety, we are pleased
the Government has acted on LGA calls for councils to have powers to take action
when rules are being flouted and communities are put at risk of infection. These
measures will mean they can act quickly and proactively in cracking down on
places that flout COVID19 guidance, to prevent problems in the first place
instead of only being able to act when it is too late. We need to quickly see
further detail on how the Government's COVID19 Secure Marshal scheme is intended
to work, and any new responsibilities for councils in this area will have to be
fully funded. Given the shortage of environmental health officers, it is
positive that the Government has committed to a register of EHOs, and the LGA
will continue discussions to take this forward."
Launches England's First Land Commission Focused on Community Wealth Building
STEVE Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City
Region, has announced the establishment of England's 1st Land Commission
specifically established to review the use of public land for community wealth
building. Since the 1980's, land has come to be primarily treated as a financial
asset, serving as a collateral against which banks create mortgage debt. This
has led to rising house prices and housing shortages, and has reduced overall
productivity, with an increasing share of investment diverted to land from other
more productive areas.
Steve Rotheram said:- "The unprecedented circumstances of the COVID19
pandemic, with all its economic consequences, make it even more important for us
to ensure that we can wring the maximum possible community value from our land
assets to encourage sustainable economic recovery. I've brought together a
Commission made up of senior figures from the worlds of academia, property
development and planning. I have challenged them to think imaginatively and come
back to me with radical recommendations for how we can make the best use of
publicly owned land to make this the fairest and most socially inclusive City
Region in the country. Through success stories such as Baltic Creative we've
already seen alternative, socially conscious approaches to land management in
the City Region. I can't wait to hear the Commission's recommendations for how
we improve the management and use of land to deliver the greatest benefit for
the people of the Liverpool City Region."
The commission, which has its 1st meeting, held on Wednesday, 9 September 2020,
will be coordinated by the Combined Authority in collaboration with the leading
think tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). Commissioners will
participate in four online meetings, over the course of September, October and
November 2020 and CLES will take responsibility for drafting the final report of
the commission, based on the output of the meetings.
Neil McInroy, Director of CLES, said:- "We are very excited to be working
with Liverpool City Region on this important community wealth building project.
Far too often, land use in the UK has ended up being dominated by the pursuit of
corporate profit, rather than serving the economic, social and environmental
needs of the whole community. It's fanciful to wait for things to ‘go back to
normal' after COVID19; instead we should seize the moment to do things
differently. The Land Commission is a pioneering step in this direction, that
will serve as an example for other City Regions across the country."
The aim of the meetings will be to develop creative approaches to use of land in
the region, for example through innovative processes and ownership models (eg.
Community Land Trusts and Public Commons Partnerships). The commission will be
action oriented, with the aim of generating ideas for concrete projects, rather
than only general recommendations.
The Land Commission is made up of the following members:-
Claire Dove OBE, DL - Voluntary,
Community and Social Enterprise Crown Representative.
Hugh Ellis - Policy Director, Town and
Country Planning Association .
Indy Johar - Executive Director, Dark
Britt Jurgensen - Co-creator,
Homebaked Community Land Trust.
Liam Kelly - Chief Executive Officer,
Make Liverpool CIC.
Professor Alex Lord - Lever Chair of
Town and Regional Planning, University of Liverpool.
Kathie Pollard - Policy Officer,
Scottish Land Commission.
Erika Rushton - Director, The
Beautiful Ideas Company.
Guy Shrubsole - Campaigner and Author
of:- 'Who Owns England?'
Amahra Spence - Director, MAIA
Kate Swade - Director, Shared Assets.
Dr Matthew Thompson - Leverhulme
Research Fellow, Heseltine Institute, University of Liverpool.
LGA responds to NAO report
on childhood obesity
RESPONDING to a National Audit Office report on
childhood obesity, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community
Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, said:- "Childhood obesity is 1 of the
biggest public health challenges we face and this report is another stark
reminder of the urgent need for radical action to combat this. Councils are
already working hard to help their communities live healthier and more active
lives, including initiatives such as:- Healthy Food Schemes in Schools and
Nurseries and specialised weight management services. Greater powers for
Councils are also needed to tackle the clustering of existing takeaways and
restricting junk food advertising, alongside extra investment in other Council
run programmes such as exercise referral schemes and offering free or
reduced-cost sport, if we are to meet the Government's ambition of halving
childhood obesity by 2030. The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to
reverse the ₤700 million reduction in Councils' public health grant over the
past 5 years. The grant should also be increased to match the growth in overall
NHS funding to at least ₤3.9 billion a year by 2024/25."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 2,659 cases and the
total number now stand at:- 355,219, 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 8 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:- 41,594.
The number of COVID19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
843. The current number of COVID19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 80. Daily
number of COVID19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 124.
In England, there are a total of:- 306,555 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:- 57,220 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Liverpool, 3,158 confirmed cases.
Halton, 783 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, 1,155 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 1,803 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,366 confirmed cases.
Wirral, 2,423 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen, 1,963
Blackpool, 1,134 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 2,841 confirmed cases.
Bury, 1,728 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,490 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,219 confirmed
Lancashire, 8,766 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 4,726 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 3,105 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,563 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,429 confirmed cases.
Salford, 2,041 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,082 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,126 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,790 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,542 confirmed cases.
Wigan, 2,442 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
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 COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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