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Dobbies soft play now closed
UNFORTUNATELY due to updated
Government guidelines, Dobbies has made the decision to close the soft play
centres. A spokesperson for Dobbies said:- "Due to new restrictions from
the UK Government in Southport, we have closed our soft play in the Southport
store with immediate effect. The safety of our customers and team members is our
number one priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely. We
will reopen this soft play when it is safe to do so."
RCOT statement on Covid19
THE difficulty that frontline key
workers are having in accessing Covid19 tests has recently been the subject of
much discussion in parliament and the media. Occupational therapists across the
UK play a key role in the fight against the pandemic, and the lack of testing is
of huge concern to the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Commenting on
the lack of testing, RCOT Chief executive Julia Scott said:- "We have seen
over the past few days significant concerns from all areas of the NHS, Social
Care, Teachers and those front line key workers who have struggled to get a
Covid19 test.As we see spikes in the infection rates and signs of a second wave,
we have huge concerns about the accessibility of testing for occupational
therapists and AHP's on the front-line. In particular, those that work in social
care settings, such as care homes, which as we know are extremely vulnerable to
the worst impacts of Coronavirus. Whilst it is positive that Government
ministers have suggested that the NHS is the top priority for testing, this is
worrying for social care which was overlooked in the initial response to the
pandemic. Occupational therapists for weeks and months were hampered in
providing vital support, such as rehabilitation, to those that needed it due to
the lack of guidance and access to personal protective equipment. The fact that
some NHS staff, Care Workers and Teachers are already having to self isolate
because they cannot access a test within a reasonable distance in many parts of
the country, is not good enough. This needs to be resolved in days and not ‘in a
matter of weeks' as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care indicated
this week during urgent questions."
Liverpool's Universities call for immediate action to protect staff, students
and local community
MEMBERS of the University and College Union (UCU) at
Liverpool's Universities, have called for their institutions to abandon in
person teaching. In a
statement, the UCU branches from the University of
Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University said
they also wanted to see better protections for vulnerable staff and a guarantee
that they will not be forced to come onto campus.
The call comes after the University of Liverpool yesterday confirmed 87 positive
Covid tests of staff and students at the institution. This is at a time when
campus is still relatively quiet and teaching has not yet started. The UK
Government has called on staff to work from home where they are able. Yesterday
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir
Patrick Vallance warned of 50,000 new Covid19 cases a day by mid-October,
leading to 200 deaths a day a month later if the current rate of infection was
The Union has previously called for online learning to be Universities' default
position in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. Already, UCU has launched
a monitoring system for its members to contact the Union directly with concerns
they had about their institutions' plans to deal with the Covid threat. The
Union said it would name Universities and colleges that were not up to scratch
and any institution not preparing to deal with a local outbreak was in denial
about the severity of the challenges they would most likely face.
UCU regional official Martyn Moss said:- "Liverpool's Universities have to
immediately heed the call from staff and halt unnecessary in-person teaching.
The safety of staff, students and the local community has to be the number 1
priority. More widely, the University sector and the Government must address
this public health crisis immediately. It is not enough to plan to manage Covid
outbreaks when we could be working to prevent them. We have been warning for
weeks of the dangers of Universities persisting with in person teaching,
especially without a UK wide track and trace system and regular testing of
students and staff. Without urgent action, it will be impossible for
Universities to avoid becoming incubators of Covid and University communities
becoming transmission hotspots."
The Government's 'warning
shot' puts pubs and brewers wrongly in the firing line
COMMENTING on the restrictions
announced last night James Calder, Chief Executive of
said:- "A new week and new rules for pubs who have diligently implemented
guidance to make their venues COVID secure without receiving further financial
support. After a month of being encouraged to support the hospitality trade the
public is now being warned off. A 10pm curfew will be at best a marginal measure
in controlling the virus, but will impact directly on pubs, staff and breweries.
Why fire a ‘warning shot' which aims to encourage the UK public to take measures
more seriously, that actually hits pubs and brewers with no further support
planned? Many pubs have adapted to table service only, but in smaller, beer led
community pubs they cannot afford the extra member of staff that table service
requires so will be forced to shut. Existing measures have proven to work and
this new rule should be enforced flexibly, because it's benefits will only be
marginal. The virus is rising and the UK population do need to redouble efforts,
but signalling this by placing new, marginally beneficial restrictions on
struggling pubs and brewers is a mistake and will inevitably lead to more job
losses. We need a comprehensive new package of measures including VAT cut
extension to beer, rent support, business rates cuts and a cancellation of the
planned rises in beer duty for small brewers. Warning shots aren't meant to hit
anyone, but the UKs pubs and brewers are wrongly in the firing line."
Praise for Covid-safe
LIVERPOOL Council Chiefs have
praised a number of businesses across Liverpool after unannounced visits
revealed 95.7% of those inspected have implemented Covid-safe measures. From
Friday, 18 September to Sunday, 20 September 2020, Liverpool City Council's
Licensing Team visited 70 pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops in the
evening to make sure the Government recommended measures were in place to
protect customers and staff.
Only 3 premises did not reach the satisfactory standards, whereas 67 businesses
had clear policies in place which included:- social distancing, the availability
of hand sanitizer, track and trace was implemented, any music being played was
at an acceptable noise level and there was no evidence of vertical drinking;
this means that people were not standing up drinking and all customers were
The 3 premises that were not fully complying with the guidance were issued
advice which they immediately followed; these included spacing out tables and
turning the volume of music down.
At every venue visited, the team took the opportunity to talk to staff and
management about the new Government guidelines which come in to force today
restricting the hospitality industry to table service and will see venues close
from 10pm to 5am.
Across the weekend the licensing team also visited taxi ranks in:- Stanley
Street, Ranelagh Street, Hanover Street, Great Charlotte Street, Dawson Street
and North John Street. All vehicles were checked and no issues were found at the
time of the team's visits.
Market traders were also inspected and again, no issues were found.
Chair of Liverpool's Licensing Committee, Councillor Christine Banks, said:-
"The results from the weekend are massively reassuring and shows that
businesses are taking this situation seriously and are putting the health of
their customers and their staff first. As Covid19 cases rise in the city we all
must play our part in reducing the spread of the virus. We want people to
continue to go out and enjoy themselves, and it's essential that when they do,
they are visiting a restaurant, pub or bar; that business is doing everything it
can to reinforce the Government's measures. The team will continue to be out and
about as we all get to grips with the new rules, and will be on hand to work
with businesses and give them any help and advice they need."
If anyone has concerns that a venue is not Covid-safe, they can
email. For more information about the new Coronavirus
restrictions, read the FAQs here.
Winter Plan for
CARE England, who are the largest representative body
for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the extension of
the Infection Control Fund and the move to appoint a Chief Nurse for Adult
Social Care, as substantive elements of the Winter Plan, but noted that more
detail is needed in other areas including on a PPE Strategy. Professor Martin
Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "The extension of the
Infection Control Fund is extremely welcome, this is a real life line for care
providers and we are pleased that the Government listened to the sector on this
though the details of the scope and conditions are not yet announced. Care
England will work with the DHSC to implement the Plan and achieve the best
possible outcomes for care home residents, their families and staff."
Over the last few months, Care England has consistently collated and presented
evidence to Government about the cost implications of Covid19 to the care
sector. There are a number of logistical issues at stake and providers need to
know how to escalate queries if they find that the Winter Plan is not delivering
in their area. The Winter Plan can be found at:-
Gov.UK. Martin Green continues:- "The
care home sector remains in the spotlight and it is important to pay tribute to
the hard work of the workforce, the sector's best resource. The Winter Plan was
an opportunity to set out a holistic plan for the sector and whilst we are
encouraged that it covers some areas it could have been much wider including
addressing issues such as testing, occupancy and indemnity."
programme in history rolled out in Sefton
GP Surgeries and Pharmacies across Sefton are starting
to vaccinate thousands of people against flu, whilst ensuring that Coronavirus
social distancing measures are followed. 2020 will be the most comprehensive flu
programme in UK history, with more people eligible for the free NHS vaccine than
ever. If you are eligible, please do not call your practice, your GP practice
will be in touch to let you know the plans for you to get your vaccine. Those
eligible for a free flu vaccination this year are:-
People who are on the shielded patient list and
members of their household.
All school year groups up to and including year
People aged over 65.
Those with pre-existing conditions including, at
risk under 2 year old's.
Dependent on supply, people aged 50 to 64 will also be invited to get the flu
vaccination. If you are in this age group, please wait for your invitation and
do not call for an appointment.
Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG),
said:- "With more people eligible for the flu vaccine and the need for
social distancing and infection control measures staff have been working really
hard to ensure that everyone will be as safe as possible while receiving their
vaccination this year. Don't ignore the flu, it's a potentially fatal illness
and one that can spread very quickly. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine
and invited to have it, it is important that you take up that offer."
Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:- "Flu should
not be underestimated it is a serious illness and can even be deadly for the
most vulnerable of our population. The flu vaccination is the best defence we
have against the virus. It is vital that those eligible have the vaccine every
year as it protects against different strains of flu which can change and evolve
Margaret Jones, director of public health for Sefton, said:- "Having the
vaccine is the single best way to protect against flu and will be an important
step in preventing not only you, but your family, friends, and colleagues from
getting the virus. As well as getting the vaccine, practicing good hand hygiene
by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and washing your
hands after can really help limit its spread; catch it, bin it, kill it."
For more information or to check your eligibility for the flu vaccine, visit:-
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have
been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
4,926 cases and the total number now stand at:- 403,551,
that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which
are not included in the 4 National totals.
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 37 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:- 41,825.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
1,081. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 181. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 134.
Patients in Hospital:- 1,319.
In England, there are a total of:- 347,842 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:- 70,831 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number
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:-
Blackburn with Darwen,
2,408 confirmed cases.
1,276 confirmed cases.
4,070 confirmed cases.
Bury, 2,170 confirmed cases.
2,698 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester,
10,695 confirmed cases.
5,990 confirmed cases.
3,737 confirmed cases.
1,276 confirmed cases.
2,920 confirmed cases.
2,614 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,647 confirmed cases.
2,041 confirmed cases.
2,002 confirmed cases
2,954 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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