Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-31

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This page last updated on 31 July 2020
Eid mubarak    نور العرفان


More care must be taken Covid19 restrictions tightened around most of Merseyside

ON 31 July 2020, if you live in these parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire, you should follow these rules when meeting people who you do not live with. Separate guidance advises on the similar rules imposed in Leicester.

The new restrictions are now being imposed on the following affected areas, as follows:-

Greater Manchester:- City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford.

Lancashire:- Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale.

West Yorkshire:- Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.


* 'Bradford' refers to the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. 'Blackburn with Darwen' refers to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.


This move has happened after it was revealed that Blackburn with Darwen currently has the worst Coronavirus infection rate in all of England. It is now above 2nd placed Leicester, while Pendle is also in the top 10 Local Authority areas.

In order to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus within those areas the local restrictions mean that those who live within 1 of the affected areas, shouldn't now:-

Meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law)

Visit someone else's home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.

Socialise with people you do not live with; in other indoor public venues; such as:- pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. But, you may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with others. If you run such a business, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance, visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.

The Government has also said it is passing new laws to enforce the changes to meeting people within private homes and gardens. The Police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including:- asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices (starting at £100 , that will be halving to £50 if paid in the 1st 14 days; and doubling for subsequent offences).

Business closures...

All businesses and venues which were required to remain closed before 31 July 2020, in both Blackburn with Darwen, and in Bradford, must continue to remain closed to members of the public.

From 1 August 2020, in Bradford, the following premises which were previously permitted to be open must now be closed by law:-

Indoor gyms.

Indoor fitness and dance studios.

Indoor sports courts and facilities.

Indoor swimming pools, including:- indoor facilities, at water parks.

It is stressed that:- "It will be illegal for people who do not live together to meet in a private home or garden, except for limited exceptions to be set out in law. You should not host or visit people you do not live with, unless they're in your support bubble. If you live in the affected areas, you should not visit someone's home or garden regardless of whether this is in or outside of the restricted area."

More information can be found on:- Gov.UK.

As these new restriction areas have been announced, a spike in cases has started to be seen within other parts of Lancashire, with text messages warnings being issued to those within:- Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble and West Lancs, reminding people to follow the guidance or those areas will also be placed into special measures.

St Helens Borough's Council has said today that:- "The rate of #COVID19 infection is low in the Borough of St Helens; let's keep it low by continuing to wash our hands regularly, keep our distance and wear a mask when necessary. Neighbouring areas have been impacted by new rules limiting contact between households. So please be aware of this and stay alert."

Interestingly, MP Bill Esterson said:- "Police describe local lockdowns as 'nonsense, haphazard and yet again impossible to police.' Why, oh why doesn't this Government work with those trying to deal with this crisis instead of ignoring them and making announcements without consultation or putting plans in place 1st?"


"FINAL CALL" - Sefton Discretionary Grant Fund

THE Sefton Discretionary Grant Fund will re-open, on Monday, 3 August 2020 and close finally, on Tuesday, 11 August 2020, at 5.00pm. When submitting your application please also submit the supporting evidence as soon as possible as your application will not be reviewed until all the evidence has been submitted. This will be your last chance to apply for Discretionary Grant Funding. You are ONLY eligible to apply for a Discretionary Grant if you have commercial premises and associated fixed property costs such as:- mortgage payments, rent, building insurance, utility bills prior to the 11 March 2020 that can be evidenced.   Please note that you will need apply online.  Please read the guidance and FAQ's before applying.  You are NOT eligible to apply if:-

You are eligible or have already received a grant from Sefton Council Business rates of:- £10,000 or £25,000

You have already received a grant from the Discretionary Fund.

You work from home.

Other eligibility conditions; see guidance document and frequently asked questions.

Please note:- The Discretionary Grant is being administrated by a small team; it is not part of Sefton Business Rates or InvestSefton, if you have a query please email them on:- DiscretionaryGrant@Sefton.Gov.UK and they will respond.


Letter to editor:– "Safe spaces for blind and partially sighted people"

"DEAR Southport and Mersey Reporter, with lockdown easing, it's clear the Government wants us to become more active, return to work and dine out again. To support this, Local Authorities have already begun to create new cycle lanes, e-scooter trials have started, and more tables and chairs are appearing on our pavements. But some of these changes are having a direct impact on blind and partially sighted people, who can't see where new cycle lanes cross walkways, find it difficult to identify silent e-scooters and have paths blocked by al fresco dining outside restaurants. It's essential that Local Authorities consult with disabled people to consider the effect these changes may have on people who are blind or partially sighted, or who have other mobility issues. Space for new cycle lanes should be taken from roads, have controlled crossings, and not affect bus stop access. E-scooter trials must not inadvertently increase obstacles on the pavement, and businesses considering putting furniture outside should think about how disabled people will navigate around it. Our 'new normal' should be as open and inclusive as possible, to help everyone get back outside; not make it more difficult." Eleanor Thompson, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)


Local MP says the introduction of Northern England lockdown was:- "shambolic and chaotic"

MP Bill Esterson has criticised the Government for the:- "shambolic and chaotic" way it introduced local lockdowns across the North of England. The MP for Sefton Central said lessons should be learned from the way stricter conditions for people living in Greater Manchester and part of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire had been brought in. The 1st that local Directors of public health heard about the Government's plans was via the media a few hours before the lockdown started. On Thursday evening, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said on Twitter that:- "immediate action" was needed across parts of the North after a rise in Covid-19 infections. Mr Esterson said:- "The way these new restrictions were brought was shambolic and chaotic. There was very little discussion with Local Authorities and Directors of public health found out about on the television news. Lessons must be learned because these local lockdown measures could well be introduced in other areas in the coming days, weeks and months, including potentially in Sefton. A repeat of Thursday cannot be allowed to happen. We cannot have such confusing messaging. People need certainty so they know what to do to keep them and their loved ones safe."

Further easing of the national lockdown was also halted across England. Indoor venues such as casinos, ice rinks and bowling alleys, which were due to reopen, will remain closed. Live indoor theatre and concerts, which were due to resume with socially distanced audiences, will not take place. Pilot sporting events allowing limited numbers of spectators at Goodwood, the Crucible and The Oval, will not go ahead, and wedding receptions with up to 30 guests cannot yet happen. These restrictions were due to be relaxed on 1 August, but have now been put back to 15 August at the earliest.

Mr Esterson said it was yet another example of how the Government has mismanaged its approach to the pandemic. Bill Esterson MP is supporting a cross party group of MPs who will report to the Government to suggest what lessons can be learned from the UK's Government's handling of the Coronavirus outbreak. Those lessons are crucial so that the Government avoids making the same mistakes over and over again and to reduce the number of people dying or becoming disabled as a result of being infected.

Mr Esterson said:- "The UK's Government's preparedness and response must be improved for the future. Recent events have been just further examples of the failures of this Government to deal with the pandemic. The cross party group will look at the Government's response and make recommendations. We need an inquiry into what has gone on so that we can learn from what's happened. So far the Government has made the same mistakes over and over again on PPE, test and trace, mask wearing, slow decision making and on confusing advice. Their approach to the economy was also delayed and they had to be dragged kicking and screaming to put in place the job retention scheme and support for self employed people and businesses. They initially refused to do any of these things and it was only a concerted effort by Labour, by trade unions, by business groups and by health professionals that ensured the Government made the right decisions. But the delays costs lives and they cost jobs and livelihoods and still 3 million people have not had financial support, which is one in ten of economically active citizens. The Government needs to be far more effective in its actions to protect lives and the economy."

The cross party group will hear oral evidence and has received more than 900 written submissions from bereaved families, people suffering from long term effects of Covid-19 and professional bodies including the NHS Confederation. Mr Esterson said:- "The inquiry can help save lives and help the Government learn from the last few months. It is also vital to the economic recovery from the crisis, which has already been the worst in economic terms in 300 years of records."

In Prime Minister's Questions before Parliament broke for the summer, the Prime Minister committed to look at any recommendations put forward to him. Mr Esterson said:- "The Government must listen to the evidence and act on it. It is right that MPs scrutinise what the Government has done and what it hasn't done. That is how to learn and how to improve. This is too important not to do so. The Prime Minister has made many mistakes in this crisis. He cannot undo those mistakes but he owes it to all those who have died and their loved ones, to all those who have suffered long term illnesses and to all those who have face financial hardship to apply the lessons and recommendations, which come out of the cross party enquiry."


Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 880 cases and the total number now stand at 303,181, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 120 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 46,119.

In England, there are a total of 261,348 confirmed cases. North West - total of 46,105 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,556 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,570 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,067 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,203 confirmed cases

► Halton, 702 confirmed cases.

Blackpool, 1,049 confirmed cases.
   
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Blackburn with Darwen, 1,388 confirmed cases.
.   Under local lockdown warning

Bolton, 1,987 confirmed cases.
   
Under local lockdown warning.

Bury, 1,341 confirmed cases.
   
Under local lockdown warning.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 2,040 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,241 confirmed cases.

Lancashire, 7,116 confirmed cases.
   
Urgent warning issued to residents.

Manchester, 3,269 confirmed cases.
   
Under local lockdown warning.

Oldham, 2,121 confirmed cases.
   
Under new local lockdown measures!
    Numbers up by 29 cases.

Rochdale, 1,864 confirmed cases.
   
Under local lockdown warning

Stockport, 1,735 confirmed cases.
   
Under local lockdown warning.

Tameside, 1,610 confirmed cases.
   
Under local lockdown warning.

Trafford, 1,426 confirmed cases.
   
Under local lockdown warning.

Wigan, 2,179 confirmed cases.

    Under local lockdown warning.


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