Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-10-29

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This page last updated on 29 October 2020

RMT condemns disgusting Halloween nightmare jobs assault on over 80 staff at Liverpool's world famous Adelphi Hotel

AADELPHI Hotel union RMT has today condemned a shock announcement by management at the world famous landmark establishment in Live‎rpool that they are to lay off over 80 staff when the Government furlough scheme ends at the weekend. RMT has called for an investigation into possible abuse of the furlough scheme as it said that the hotel's owners stand accused of using the job retention package with no intention of keeping the staff financially afloat when it ends. RMT intends to step up the public and political campaign to defend the jobs, the loss of which would be another savage blow to the Liverpool economy. The union believes that the Government needs to increase the support for hotels in Tier 3 areas while the advice is not to travel to Tier 3 areas, the 20% required minimum hours of the Job Support Scheme should be reduced to 0%. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:- "It is shocking and surprising news that the workforce at the world famous Adelphi are facing this savage assault on their livelihoods when the furlough scheme unwinds. The support package was set up to protect employment not be used by employers as a stop gap with nothing to show at the end but total carnage. RMT will continue to do all we can to defend our member's livelihoods and the Liverpool economy and we call on everyone to rally round this important campaign."

Covid19 sniffing Security Dogs coming to Liverpool

WITH the roll out of 17 new semi permanent Local Testing Sites in the last 6 weeks across Cheshire and Merseyside, the ability to book and get a local test for Covid19 in has never been better. Sefton now has four of these walk through sites, at:- Bootle Town Hall, Crosby Library Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall. Open from 8am to 8pm, Walk Through Centres provide easy access to Covid19 tests for people with Coronavirus symptoms who do not have access to a car and for those who have Coronavirus symptoms and should not travel by public transport. People can book appointments, if they have symptoms, at:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus or by calling:- 119.

There is also a fleet of nine Mobile Testing Units which are deployed across Cheshire and Merseyside to help in priority areas and where there are specific outbreaks. Sefton has had Mobile Units at various locations on most days since the start of July 2020. As the Liverpool City Region moved into Tier 3 restrictions; the prevalence of the virus meant that more people are experiencing symptoms need to be tested. More capacity across the national laboratories has also come on line meaning it is much easier to book an appointment for a test than ever before.

Testing Director for Cheshire and Merseyside, Terry Whalley said:- "We now have more facilities and more lab capacity to enable anyone with symptoms to seek a test. We have worked extremely hard with partners, including Local Councils, laboratories and NHS Trusts to ensure that we have the infrastructure and capacity we need in Cheshire and Merseyside as we see a second surge of Covid19. It is vital that people, who have symptoms, get a test and then ensure they strictly adhere to the self isolation advice if they prove to be positive. Testing helps identify those who are carrying the disease and helps to stop the spread of the virus to others. Our ability to offer more routes to access testing will help us protect lives and protect livelihoods by ensuring we are able to do more testing every day."

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, should book a test at:- NHS.UK/Coronavirus or by calling:- 119 to find out if they currently have Coronavirus.


Sefton Taxi Drivers will get access to City Region's Covid19 Fund

THE Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, has joined The Metro Mayor, City Mayor and other Liverpool City Region Council leaders to announce ₤1.5m Covid19 Fund for Local Authorities to support Taxi Drivers. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is to provide a fund of up to ₤1.5 million to the 6 Local Authorities in the City Region, including Sefton, to enable them to give grants to hard pressed Taxi Drivers. The funding will be allocated proportionately to each Local Authority, according to the number of licensed Taxi Drivers in their area. The Fund will enable all of the City Region's Local Authorities to introduce and administer schemes that benefit local Taxi Drivers in addition to what is available to them through national support schemes. Cllr Maher, said:- "I recognize that the last few months have been exceptionally difficult for Sefton Taxi Drivers, and I hope that this new fund will go some way to easing the financial pressure Taxi Drivers are facing. In addition to this fund, the Sefton Council website has lots of information and advice about what other funding and financial support may be available for Taxi Drivers, and other self employed business owners in Sefton. For example, the Self Employment Support Scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of ₤2,500 per month for three months, although may be extended if needed. You can apply if you're a self employed individual or a member of a partnership. I know that Taxi Drivers who have fallen on hard times recently, like many of our residents who need help during this crisis, are being supported by their family, friends or neighbours. But for anyone who doesn't have that support network in place, I want to make sure you know Sefton Council and our partners at Sefton CVS are here to help. Have a look on our website or call us on:- 0345 140 0845. The team will ask you a few questions and your information will be shared with Sefton CVS (Community Volunteer Service) who are co-ordinating the support in the community. The details of how the funding will be issued to Taxi Drivers are currently being finalized and further information will be available shortly on the Sefton Council website soon. It is expected that payments will be made before Christmas."

In a joint statement with the other City Region leaders, Cllr Maher said:- "We recognize the hardship experienced by our area's Taxi Drivers, who have seen their trade seriously affected by the Coronavirus restrictions. We know this fund can only make a small contribution but wanted to make this available as a gesture of support for a sector that has been hit hard without adequate support. As leaders and mayors, we are continuing to press the Government for financial support packages work for everyone who has seen their livelihood affected by Covid19 restrictions."

Southport Pleasureland hopes to still run Halloween and Christmas events

SOUTHPORT Pleasureland plans to run its biggest and best yet 'Day of the Dead' spectacular this November, and launch its Winter Wonderland North, in December 2020.

Day of the Dead is an increasingly popular high-octane after dark annual:- 'celebration of life' featuring:- colourful samba drummers, fire spinners, fire eaters, stilt walkers, music with a live DJ, the park's rides fully illuminated and running, and a dramatic fireworks finale. The whole family Mexican celebration, which will see the park festooned with bright and beautiful sugar skulls, on Saturday, 14 November 2020 and will include outdoor food concessions and entertainments with proven Covid 19 safety measures in place. Gates open at 5pm. Tickets for non-riders are £9.99 and include all the entertainments and fireworks and the 'rider' ticket price of £24.50 and includes unlimited rides .

There is no more exuberant and colourful celebration of simply being alive than South America's Day of the Dead extravaganza. and this will be Pleasureland's third.

The Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday dedicated to family. So it is fitting that the North West family focused attraction has chosen this most vibrant entertainment to light up the evening

The family spectacular has proven so popular with adults and children that each year it has grown to include new and even more exotic and entertaining elements. With illuminated rides running and music pulsing the celebration is defined by explosions of colour and zest for life and the firework display makes sure the sky is the limit for this memorable evening.

The park will be transformed into a theatre of light and music against a fabulous fiesta atmosphere. It's not every evening that you and your family are treated to the spectacle of a pair of skeletons dualling with flaming swords or dancing with fire, so keep your eyes peeled for something more than a little out of the ordinary.

The Katumba drum band is Liverpool's own. A fierce fusion of UK big beat, Caribbean calypso and the carnivals of Northeast Brazil - Katumba creates an explosion of rhythmic revelry that you can't help but dance to. Its colossal carnival sound fills the air and is complimented by spectacular dance choreography. The band has performed at some of the world's biggest events including Africa Oyé, Brazilica, Amsterdam Carnival and Recife Carnival, Brazil.

To ensure effective social distancing measures this year's event will feature acts on a purpose-built stage with a one-way system for visitors to enter and leave the show area. But that's not all Pleasureland has in store for visitors to the park as we bid 2020 a final farewell. Park CEO Norman Wallis says:- "Day of the Dead has become a real hit, but we didn't want to leave it at that, so we are staging Winter Wonderland North. We have been considering and planning a Winter Wonderland North event for some time. We have been open with full Coronavirus safety measures in place for many months. We know what we're doing, what works and how to make sure people understand the part they have to play in keeping everyone safe. Those who've visited the park will know that we take great care over the grounds and landscaping. We've planted many Christmas trees and they, along with our exiting established trees will be decorated with beautiful Christmas lights. All of the rides and buildings will be shimmering as the park pulls on its Winter Wow from its 1st weekend, starting Saturday, 28 November 2020 and Sunday, 29 November 2020. Winter Wonderland will then be open every weekend in December until it opens daily (with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) until 3 January 2021. Father Christmas; and the park is hoping to coax his reindeer to join him; will be in his Covid-Safe grotto residence, a new indoor ride around Santa's workshop is under construction and a German style Christmas Market offers Christmas treats and festive food and drink; so there will be plenty to see and do."

More details about the what's on at Pleasureland is posted on the park's website. This year social distancing measures will be observed, but fun levels will be kept high..

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