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This page last updated on 26 November 2020
Tier 2 move
cautiously welcomed by City leaders
MAYOR Joe Anderson has cautiously welcomed the
Government's decision to place Liverpool and the wider City Region in tier 2 of
Coronavirus restrictions, from Wednesday, 2 December 2020. It becomes the 1st
area in the country to have moved in to and out of Tier 3. The move follows a
fall in the number of Covid 19 cases in the City, which currently stand at less
than 150 cases per 100,000 population; down from a peak of 680 per 100,000 in
mid-October. The Mayor says the drop is down to a combination of people
following the rules, getting tested and self isolating when required to do so,
as well as good contact tracing measures and Covid Safe measures in businesses.
Case numbers are currently ˝ the 300 per 100,000 people that there were when
Liverpool began its repeat testing programme for people without symptoms; known
as mass asymptomatic serial testing; during the 1st weekend of November 2020.
The pilot has seen around 35 walk up testing centres across the City, as well as
in Secondary Schools and at University sites, staffed by Ministry of Defence
personnel, and around 200,000 people have been tested. However, the Mayor warned
that although the virus is in remission in the City there is no room for
complacency. Residents are being urged to continue being tested regularly and,
even if they are negative, follow all the:- 'hands space face'
guidance, including:- social distancing, wearing face coverings in shops and
other enclosed spaces, washing hands regularly and not mixing households
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "If someone had told me 6 weeks ago
Liverpool would be a Tier 2 City by the start of December, I'd have seen that as
a great result, and it is down to the fantastic support we have received from
our residents. Back then, Covid19 was spiralling out of control and our City's
Hospitals were close to breaking point. We needed to get a grip; and quickly.
That's why we embraced Tier 3 restrictions and worked fast to deliver the
testing pilot, bringing in the army to help us deliver an efficient service.
Thanks to that twin track approach, today those trends are in full reverse. We
have the virus where we want it; limited, contained and falling. However, this
hard won battle to be a Tier 2 City is not the end. Covid19 can bounce back, as
it did so devastatingly after the summer holidays. So while I welcome the fact
people can now meet in a group of 6 outside their home, can go for a meal, visit
the cinema, shop, take up sport again and so on; we must remain vigilant and
ensure this tentative step back to semi normality is sustained. Not just for
Christmas, but throughout 2021 until the vaccines deliver the promising results
their trials have revealed."
The move down to Tier 2 means that:-
and restaurants serving substantial food will be able to open up to 11pm (last
orders at 10pm) - alcohol will only be served with a meal.
and indoor performances/shows, spectator sports and business events can resume
(up to 50% capacity or maximum of 2,000 outdoors/1,000 indoors)
sport and business events can take place (up to 50% capacity or maximum of 2,000
entertainment venues can open.
to 6 people can meet outdoors.
care, including hairdressers and barbers, is allowed.
More details can be found at:-
Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton, said:- "Thank you to all of
those many, many thousands of residents who have found time in their day to go
and get tested; it is very much appreciated. You have helped protect yourself,
your loved ones, and the City, and have directly contributed to us getting to
where we are today. But it is one thing driving the virus out of the City; and
another altogether keeping it out. More than 700 people have died in our
hospitals as a result of Covid this year, and each case leaves behind scores of
devastated friends and relatives, and many others have been left with
debilitating after effects through Long Covid. We must never lose sight that
this is a killer virus. So we are now on a mission to keep levels low in our
City up to and beyond Christmas, through the cold winter months and in to
spring; because the last thing any of us want is a return to a National
Lockdown, or local restrictions, in January or February. That means staying in
the habit of getting tested regularly, using the walk up centres that we will be
establishing when the pilot transitions into a more sustainable scheme. But a
negative test result does not let you get on with your life with no other
control measures; it is reduced risk, not no risk. So we still need to follow
the rules around regular hand washing, social distancing and avoiding household
mixing. The way Liverpool has responded so far tells me we can absolutely
embrace the challenge. Protecting ourselves, our friends, families, loved ones,
and the wider City now and in the year to come. Let's keep doing what we are
doing until we will be able to finally have something big to celebrate."
Lockdown ends and Sefton moves into Tier 2
FROM Wednesday, 2 December 2020,
the UK National Lockdown ends but Sefton and the rest of the
Liverpool City Region will then be placed in Tier 2
'High Alert' of the Government's alert system.
Liverpool City Region went into the National Lockdown, on 5
November 2020, in Tier 3 'Very High Alert.'
This means the actions taken and sacrifices made by
residents and businesses over the last month have had a
positive impact on our infection rates, resulting in the
area now being placed in the lower Tier 2 category.
Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher said:- "Everyone
across the Liverpool City Region is playing their part to
get our infection rates down and that effort is clearly
having an impact as we have come out of lockdown in a better
position and in the Tier 2 alert level. By following the
rules, we have seen a significant decrease in our infection
rates across the Liverpool City Region and the mass testing
programme in Liverpool is helping us to better understand
the virus and, importantly, identify people who don't have
symptoms but have tested positive so that they can self
isolate and prevent the further spread of the virus. Whilst
our figures are reducing, they are still too high but we
have demonstrated that by following the rules, we can
improve our infection rates here across the Liverpool City
Region. This is a great achievement and one that we will
continue to build on over the coming weeks and months. Stop.
Think. Do the right thing by continuing to follow the rules
so that we can start to do and enjoy the things we once did
and get back to some sort of normality sooner."
So what does Tier 2
and businesses within Tier 2 must stick to the following
household mixing in any indoor setting.
of 6 applies outdoors - any social gatherings of more than 6
people are against the law.
and restaurants must close by 11pm - last orders will be
called at 10pm.
can only be served as part of a substantial meal.
are allowed at sports events and live performances (capacity
will be limited and social distancing must be stuck to).
care, including:- hairdressers and barbers, is allowed.
The Government is reviewing the Tiers every 2 weeks, meaning
if our figures start to increase, we could be placed in a
higher category with tighter restrictions so it's really
important that everyone keeps up their efforts.
Explaining why are these restrictions necessary, Sefton
Council said:- "We know that Covid19 is easily
transmitted from person to person and while our infection
rates have been reducing, they are still too high. Action
needs to be taken to stop the spread of the virus within our
communities and limiting interactions with other people as
much as possible will help to contain the virus. The
restrictions are in place to protect not only yourself, but
those around you. The sooner we can contain the virus within
our communities, the sooner we can get back to some sort of
normality. Remember if you, or anyone in your household,
starts to experience symptoms, it is important that you
isolate and book a test. The main Covid19 symptoms are a
high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or
change to your sense of smell or taste. You can book a test
online or by calling:-
LGA responds to
new tiers announcements
RESPONDING to the Health and
Social Care Secretary's statement on the new 3 Tier
restrictions being introduced for different areas across
England, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government
Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Councils
continue to lead local communities through this pandemic and
will be working hard to ensure residents and businesses
understand and are able to follow the rules they face. The
social and economic cost of restrictions have been
significant and it is good that these restrictions will be
regularly reviewed, which we would expect to involve genuine
consultation with local leaders. Councils still need clarity
on how they can move between tier alert levels and local
areas need to be reassured that successful work to tackle
infection rates will result in an easing of restrictions as
quickly as possible. Proper plans are also needed for how
government will work with local areas to help scale up
successful local contact tracing efforts with better data
sharing to allow positive tests to be followed up,
facilitate targeted testing at scale and coordinate the roll
out of any Covid19 vaccine. The battle against this virus is
far from over. It is vital that we all follow the new rules
we face, get ourselves tested when needed, self isolate if
positive and share our contacts on request."
and Cheshire responds to:- 'Tier 2' classification
for Liverpool City Region and Cheshire and Warrington
RESPONDING to the Government's
announcement that both Liverpool City Region and Cheshire
and Warrington will be placed in:- 'Tier 2,' avoiding
the most severe Covid19:- 'at risk' tier 3
classification; Phil McCabe, FSB Merseyside and Cheshire
Development Manager for Merseyside and Cheshire, said:-
"Small businesses will respond to the news they have avoided
the most severe tier 3 restrictions more with relief than
celebrations, but the announcement today will be a crucial
step to ensuring that small businesses are able to plan and
prepare for the weeks ahead. This hasn't happened by
accident and it is important to recognise the Liverpool City
Region Combined Authority its local Councils, as well as the
Cheshire and Warrington LEP, Cheshire East and Cheshire West
Councils. Throughout the pandemic they have worked with the
FSB, the Liverpool City Region and Cheshire Business Groups
and it is thanks to this collaboration that the most sever:-
'Tier 3' restrictions have been avoided. Businesses in
Liverpool City Region and Cheshire, in particular those in
the hospitality industry, are still facing severe
restrictions on their ability to trade. Those in all tiers
need reassurance about how long these measures will remain
in place, and the longer term measures we can expect to face
in the New Year. In order to safeguard jobs and livelihoods,
the Government must set out a roadmap as soon as possible.
These past nine months have been among some of the most
difficult that small firms have ever had to endure and that
hardship looks set to continue. It is vital that the
Government's funding and support continues and is able to
support the hardest hit businesses through new and future
restrictions. In the Chancellor's Spending Review we heard
very little about the importance of business and private
sector job creation and it was also a missed opportunity to
help Company Directors and the newly self employed who have
been left with little or no support all year."
Responding to Directors' Income Support Scheme, the FSB is
part of a coalition of small business leaders, tax experts
and Company Directors, calling for a Directors' Income
Support Scheme to help thousands of business owners who have
had no income support throughout months of Covid linked
disruption. FSB, Forgotten Ltd, Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a former Senior Advisor to
the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) have
written to the Treasury
to outline steps needed to help Directors, arguing that the
₤2bn to ₤6bn forecast cost of intervention pales in
comparison to ₤55bn cost of furlough, and that millions of
jobs are at risk unless urgent action is taken.
Many of those classified as self employed by the Government
have been able to claim grants covering the significant
majority of their incomes if they've been impacted by
restrictions since the Spring, and can continue to do so
2021. By contrast, the
Treasury and HMRC have stated that a comparable scheme for
Company Directors would be impossible to establish because
many pay themselves in dividends and there is "no
way" to establish
whether such income is derived from business activity or
Founded on the principles underpinning the Self Employment
Income Support Scheme, the groups are arguing a Directors'
Income Support Scheme could be established by drawing on
details regarding trading profits and remuneration submitted
by business owners to companies house; largely through
corporate tax returns; information that is already available
to HMRC. The collective forecasts that the cost of its
proposed scheme would be between ₤2bn and ₤6bn, depending on
its scope. Last month, the National Audit Office (NAO)
forecast the cost of Government income support for employees
to be ₤55bn. In addition, the Liverpool City Region Business
Group, which is chaired by the FSB, is calling on people to
shop local for Christmas to support small businesses and the
economy at this critical time. The group has also written to
the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, calling for more funding to
support local businesses hurting as a result of the second
Phil McCabe added:- "In addition, the Liverpool City
Region business group is urging the public to continue to
shop local, shop small and shop small online where possible.
Small businesses for many are the beating heart of our
communities and we must band together to make sure we save
small firms and jobs from being lost."
LGA responds to
adult substance misuse treatment statistics
Public Health England's annual adult substance misuse
treatment statistics for 2019/20, Cllr Ian Hudspeth,
Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community
Wellbeing Board, said:- "People with substance misuse
problems need the right support and treatment, which
Councils are committed to providing despite the ongoing
pressures of the pandemic. It is encouraging that more
people are entering treatment, but it is still a serious
cause for concern that we have seen increases in drug
related deaths, particularly those related to opiates. The
causes of substance misuse and finding solutions for it are
complex, but we know the positive impact that adequate
funding and early intervention can have. County lines gangs
linked to recreational drug use also remains an extremely
serious issue for Councils, who are working closely with
police and others to tackle this. Housing, mental health and
other Council services are linking up with the NHS and
community groups to ensure everyone affected gets the help
they need. Councils are doing all they can to help keep
people healthy throughout their lives and reduce pressure on
the NHS and Social Care. No new public health funding in the
recent Spending Review makes this incredibly challenging."
Total UK cases Covid19 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:- 17,555 cases and
the total number now stand at:- 1,574,562 that includes
tests carried out by commercial partners which are not
included in the 4 National totals.
The total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 498, 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
is:- 57,031, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 66,713.
The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
16,341. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,480 Daily
number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 1,434.
In England, there are a total of:- 1,355,272 confirmed
cases. North West - total of:- 300,071 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
National UK Lockdown
Liverpool City Region
Halton, 4,580 confirmed cases.
Knowsley, 7,718 confirmed cases.
Sefton, 10,392 confirmed cases..
St. Helens, 7,491
9,888 confirmed cases.
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
with Darwen, 9,379 confirmed cases.
5,098 confirmed cases.
14,764 confirmed cases.
9,495 confirmed cases.
East, 8,706 confirmed cases.
West and Chester, 8,770 confirmed cases.
46,215 confirmed cases.
30,482 confirmed cases.
14,497 confirmed cases.
7,022 confirmed cases.
12,346 confirmed cases.
13,135 confirmed cases.
10,313 confirmed cases.
10,233 confirmed cases.
8,559 confirmed cases.
8,043 confirmed cases
16,145 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.
The latest UK R number is estimated
at:- 1 to 1.1 with a daily infection growth rate range of:-
+0% to +2%.
Previous 24hr Data
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