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This page last updated on 16 October 2020
Southport Comedy Festival
2020 cancelled as Region goes into Tier 3 measures
SOUTHPORT Comedy Festival 2020
has sadly been cancelled by Covid, organisers said today. But they have promised
to return with a vengeance for Southport Comedy Festival 2021. The hugely
popular event brings some of the biggest names in comedy to Southport every
Jason Manford, Russell Kane, Rich Hall, Jo Caulfield, Reginald D Hunter, Ed
Byrne, Paul Zerdin, Paul Sinha and Andy Parsons were among the names on this
year's bill, which was sponsored by Southport firm Anthony James Estate Agents.
The 2020 event was initially due to be held in theatres, restaurants and bars
around Southport, but was cancelled after the Covid19 Pandemic hit the UK, back
in March 2020. In August, after cases had subsided, event organisers Bren and
Val Brady planned a special Covid Secure Southport Comedy Festival in a
specially constructed marquee at Victoria Park in Southport with a huge array of
safety measures in place.
The shows were due to take place between 1 October and 18 October 2020. But
despite a number of the shows being sold out, the organisers noted the rising
Covid cases in the region and took the sensible decision to postpone the
Festival until the end of November in the hope that cases might be brought back
under control. But following the news this week that both the Liverpool City
Region and Lancashire are being put into Tier 3 Covid restrictions, the decision
has now regretfully been made to cancel this year's event. Everyone who has
bought tickets will get their money returned through the Skiddle ticket booking
Festival Director Brendan Riley and Val Brady said:- "It is with huge
regret that we announce the cancellation of this year's Southport Comedy
Festival. Due to the ongoing Covid19 Coronavirus Pandemic and the movement of
Sefton and other nearby boroughs into Tier 3 Covid Alert Levels, it has now
become clear that it is just not possible for this year's event to go ahead We
are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision. The amount of work we
have put in planning this year's Festival and trying to make it work in the
current climate is difficult to quantify. The support we have received from the
public and our fantastic sponsors has been overwhelming. We would like to say a
huge thank you to this year's headline sponsor, Mark and Lyn Cunningham from
Anthony James Estate Agents, along with all our other sponsors and supporters,
including Alan Adams and his team from Southport Flower Show and Victoria Park
Events, Mark Dilley from Elite Marquees, Mark Catherall and the Sefton Council
Tourism Team and all our other supporters for trying to make this year's
Festival happen. We would also like to thank everyone who has bought tickets for
your support, for your patience and your understanding. It just wasn't meant to
be this year. We feel that everyone's safety has to come first and we hope you
understand. We will be working closely with our ticketing partners and they will
be in touch by email very soon to process refunds for tickets already purchased.
We will be back when this nightmare has passed. Until then keep safe, and we
will get through this together."
Please visit the Southport Comedy Festival
website for updates on next year's event,
and please Like the Southport Comedy Festival page on Facebook.
Joint statement from Metro Mayor, City Mayor and Leaders of the six Liverpool City Region Local Authorities
IN a joint statement from Metro Mayor,
City Mayor and Leaders of the 6 Liverpool City Region Local Authorities said:-
"This week the Government imposed Tier 3 restrictions on Liverpool City Region.
We are very conscious of the high rates of Coronavirus in our region and the
pressure this causes on our NHS, and have therefore always understood the need
for some action to bring the virus under control and protect our residents.
However, we have always been clear that we were given no choice about the
specific package of measures that would be applied to us, or the scientific
evidence to support them. We note the decision to move Lancashire into Tier 3
today, while also being concerned that there appear to be differences between
the two packages of measures, particularly the opening of gyms. We therefore
require Government to explain, with evidence, why they believe gyms in the
Liverpool City Region are a greater risk for COVID transmission, than those
elsewhere. We simply will not accept our region being treated differently to
other Tier 3 areas, without robust scientific evidence. These inconsistencies in
restrictions between areas within the same tier risk undermining the new system
from the beginning. So, today we are once again demanding that government
urgently supplies us with the scientific evidence behind their decision to close
gyms in our area, while allowing them to stay open in other areas. In the
meantime, we are doing everything we can to support hospitality and leisure
businesses that are affected by the new restrictions via our own ₤40m emergency
fund, using local funds that have been repurposed to support our economy. The
fund has opened for applications today, and we are continuing to press the
Government for a wider economic support package, including increased funding for
furlough and self employed people."
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
Joe Anderson OBE
Mayor of Liverpool
Cllr Rob Polhill
Leader of Halton Council
Cllr Graham Morgan
Leader of Knowsley Council
Cllr Ian Maher
Leader of Sefton Council
Cllr David Baines
Leader of St Helens Council
Cllr Janette Williamson
Leader of Wirral Council
Damien Moore MP Comment on
Gyms in the Liverpool City Region
CONSERVATIVE MP Damien Moore,
commented:- "Gyms in Southport and the wider Merseyside region must be
allowed to reopen immediately. People living here should be no worse off than
those living in Lancashire. We need fairness and parity in these restrictions;
not a tier system within a tier system. Today's announcement shows that the
decision on gyms was down to local leaders; it was not a red line set by the
Government. The Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has failed to represent people living
on Merseyside. He didn't fight hard enough for a better deal from the government
and he failed to keep gyms open when leaders in Lancashire did. He could have
kept gyms open when we went into Tier 3 status. I have written to the Secretary
of State for Health this morning calling for the immediate reopening of gyms
across our Region as an integral part of improving people's physical and mental
Giving blood at Liverpool
Donor Centre remains essential for the NHS during stricter local Covid19
BLOOD donors in Liverpool and the
surrounding areas are being urged to keep donating as normal if they are fit and
healthy. Giving blood is classed as essential travel and Liverpool Donor Centre
will stay open with appointments remaining as normal. NHS Blood and Transplant
is issuing a reminder of the exemption to donors as the strictest Covid19
restrictions are put into place in the Liverpool City Region (Tier 3).
Peter Baughan, Head of Blood Donation for the North at NHS Blood and Transplant
said:- "We have seen a fantastic response from blood donors so far in the
Pandemic and blood stocks have remained good. With these updated Covid19
measures coming into effect in the community, it's important for anyone in the
area who has an upcoming appointment to donate blood to please stick to it if
you can, as blood donation remains essential for NHS and patient care and is
exempt from travel restrictions. If you can't get an appointment right away,
don't worry. Please donate in a few weeks or a few months' time and your blood
will still save lives then. Blood saves lives and donating is something you can
do to help the NHS at this time. Extra safety measures are in place on session
and our doors are very much open."
Since the Covid19 outbreak, extra safety measures have been introduced across
all blood donation sessions. All donors are triaged with a temperature check on
arrival as an additional measure to protect staff and donors. If a donor has a
temperature of 37.5 or above; which is a Covid19 risk factor; they will not be
able to donate or enter the session. When entering, hand gels and hand washing
facilities are available, donors are spaced apart and staff are doing extra
cleaning. Staff are wearing face masks and donors are required to wear a face
covering and keep it on throughout their time on session, removing it only for
refreshments. Please follow all relevant Government transport guidance when
making a journey into, within or out of any affected areas, and it is a
requirement to wear a face covering on public transport and in taxis. Around
5,000 units of blood need to be collected each day. Blood is used for treating
trauma, cancer, blood diseases, bleeds in childbirth, and much more. Each
donation can save up to three lives.
Liverpool has a permanent Blood Donor Centre at Unit:- 6, 2 Moorfields, 53 Dale
Street, Liverpool, L2 2BS. Book appointments and check the latest guidance on
Covid19 and giving blood by calling:- 0300 123 23 23, downloading the NHS Give
Blood app, or visiting the
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19)
infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the
UK, has risen by:-
15,650 cases and the total number now stand
689,257, that includes tests carried out by commercial
partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.
THE total number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:-
136, within 28 days
of positive test, 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
43,429, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
5,311. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of:- 584,843 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:- 143,636 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
LIVERPOOL CITY REGION
Halton, 2,559 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, 4,446 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 5,644 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 3,929 confirmed cases
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
2,189 confirmed cases.
6,993 confirmed cases.
4,253 confirmed cases.
4,407 confirmed cases.
West and Chester,
4,112 confirmed cases.
21,444 confirmed cases.
14,338 confirmed cases.
6,224 confirmed cases.
3,483 confirmed cases.
5,432 confirmed cases.
5,391 confirmed cases.
4,573 confirmed cases.
4,654 confirmed cases.
4,120 confirmed cases.
3,981 confirmed cases
6,289 confirmed cases.
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 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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