Visitors urged to follow
the Countryside Code as tourism businesses reopen
LCR Cares, the
community fund set up by Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the
Liverpool City Region, in partnership with the Community
Foundation for Merseyside and the National Emergencies Trust has
now raised more than ₤1.5 million. This latest milestone comes
as the fund received a further ₤120,417 from the National
Emergencies Trust. The Fund has also benefited from
contributions from other charitable trusts, such as the Daneway
Foundation, local businesses, like Home Bargains and high
profile individuals, such as Jamie Carragher and Sir Terry
Leahy, as well as hundreds of individual contributions from
people across the City Region. LCR Cares has already distributed
₤1.2 million of that total to more than 300 local community
organizations across the whole Liverpool City Region
Speaking about this latest milestone, Steve Rotheram, Metro
Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:- "I'm very proud
of the support weíve been able to provide for literally hundreds
of community groups across our whole City Region, through LCR
Cares, and itís brilliant to see the fund pass this latest
milestone. From mental health support and debt advice to
providing food and activities for vulnerable people, community
organizations are doing amazing work to help their neighbours
through this crisis, and the continued generosity towards the
fund has been amazing. Solidarity and community spirit are at
the heart of our City Region which is why we were amongst the
very 1st in the country to set up this type of fund. Its success
is no surprise to me and Iíd encourage people to continue to
support it as there are still plenty of people in need of
Rae Brooke, Chief Executive for the Community Foundation for
Merseyside, said:- "3 months on from the COVID-19
lockdown, we feel incredibly privileged to have worked alongside
the Metro Mayor, National Emergencies Trust, multiple donors,
and many inspirational community leaders to support the most
vulnerable in our community. Over ₤1.5m to date has been raised
to support those in need. Many people will continue to need
significant help in the months to come, and beyond, so we urge
those that can to donate to the LCR Cares COVID-19 Community
Support Fund or volunteer their time. A huge thank you to
everyone who has stepped up to the mark in recent months and
demonstrated real community spirit when many have needed it
Details on how to donate are on the Combined Authorityís
website. Search:- "LCRCares" or go to:-
LCRCares.Co.UK, you can
Community organizations can apply for grants by visiting:-
MP praises dedication shown by teachers and school leaders during
MP has praised Head Teachers for
their professionalism and dedication during the Coronavirus
lockdown. Bill Esterson, the MP for Sefton Central, said Schools
had been at the forefront of the fight against the virus by
staying open for key worker children and those at higher risk
including children with special needs. Mr. Esterson said he was
calling on the government to ensure Schools received the funding
they need to cover any extra costs incurred from the virus. The
MP wrote to schools and said:- "Thank you to you and your
staff for your hard work and dedication. This has been
especially true during the pandemic and I know that you and your
staff have done everything you can to support those children who
have attended School and those who have not since the lockdown
started. It has been an unprecedented time for us all and
Schools have been at the forefront of the fight against Covid19
by continuing to care safely for children of key workers and
those with special needs. I recognize that you and your
governors have faced a huge amount of government guidance
relating to the shutdown and ultimately bringing more children
back to School. My view has been that schools should take a
cautious approach. The safety of children, staff, and families
has to come 1st. It is often forgotten that family members can
be at high risk of infection, staff too. Therefore minimizing
any risks of infection was always a top priority in Schools. I
agreed with those including in teaching unions that a
functioning test and trace system was essential before more
children were in Schools. My view was that 1 June 2020 was too
soon in Sefton and I supported the local authority as they
developed their advice for Sefton Schools to delay opening until
at least 15 June, and later 22 June 2020. I know how hard you
have all worked to make more places available for children in
those years where children went back. I know this hasn't been
possible for all children in all schools, but you have all
stretched the limits of your accommodation and the guidance to
restart education for some year groups. I will be supporting
every effort to secure Schools the extra funding they need in
order to meet the costs of the COVID shutdown and of bringing
more children back into school. Your Schools should not be
placed at a financial disadvantage due to events out of your
control. I very much hope to see more of our children return to
School in September, and I know you want this too. If I can
support you in any way, please do let me know. Thank you again
for your commitment and hard work."
Mr Esterson added:- "It is right that every effort is made
for all children to go to school in September. However, safety
must come 1st. We can and we should learn from countries like
Denmark where extra facilities have been made available using
leisure centres and community buildings, where test and trace
has been working and where PPE has been made available before
children have gone to school. This government must start to
learn from good practice elsewhere. So far it has been slow to
respond to the crisis and this must change. Schools cannot deal
with this on their own. Schools are a direct responsibility of
National Government and that means the Government must give
Schools the extra cash they need to be able to offer all
children a safe place in School from September. Safe means were
safe for children, staff, and families, many of whom are
vulnerable to infection which can spread in schools if full
safety measures are not in place. This must happen for the good
of us all."
Response to the publication
of Pillar 2 testing announcement from LGA
RESPONDING to the publication of Pillar 2 Coronavirus
testing data online, which is to be updated daily, Cllr Ian
Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Associationís
Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "It is good that there
will be increased transparency on testing data, with the
publication of Pillar 2 figures online. However, the new data in
the dashboard does not give Councils the information they need
to identify specifically where in their area outbreaks are
occurring in order to work locally to contain them. We continue
to call for access to this smaller area data. Councils also need
to see improvements to the individual case data that public
health officials have started to receive, including making the
data available for all tests and not just positive ones, adding
UPRN's (property reference numbers), and providing more
information about workplaces. The most important thing is that
the public and those working on the frontline get a complete
picture of the impact this virus has had in our neighbourhoods
and in our communities, regardless of how the data is collected
and where it is processed. This will help councils to work with
their communities, to manage potential outbreaks, and prevent
the spread of infection."
Chief Inspector of
Police Commissioner has
urged the public to be 'careful and cautious' as
lockdown restrictions are further eased this weekend.
Restaurants, pubs and bars are allowed to open their doors for
the 1st time since March 2020, on Saturday, 4 July 2020, as long as
they can ensure their venues follow the Governmentís guidelines.
Groups of up to 2 households will also be able to meet in any
location, indoors or outdoors, as long as social distancing is
As the restrictions ease, the Regionís Police Commissioner Jane
Kennedy has called on people to act with care and caution to
make sure the sacrifices everyone has made over the last 3
months are not wasted.
Jane said:- "Many people are understandably looking
forward to going out this weekend to enjoy our Regionís
fantastic restaurants and bars, something we havenít been able
to do for more than 3 months. I wish everyone who is heading out
an enjoyable time, but I would urge you to please be sensible
and responsible. Please continue to follow the governmentís
guidance on social distancing and the directions given by
landlords and their staff on how to behave when using their
facilities. Please keep at the forefront of your minds that we
are still in the midst of an epidemic of a most serious disease.
Think about your own loved ones and keeping them safe. We all
still need to be careful and cautious if we are to prevent
spreading Covid-19. Merseyside Police have been planning for
this weekend for a considerable amount of time and have extra
resources available to respond to demands that may arise. I
sincerely hope these will not be necessary. As we move back to
some normality, we are benefiting from the sacrifices we have
all made to curb the spread of the disease. Donít throw it all
away. The last thing Merseyside needs is to go into a
potentially disastrous localised lockdown. By being sensible
this weekend and in the weeks to come, people can play their
part in helping to ensure that our restaurants and bars continue
to stay open for everyone to enjoy for the months ahead."
The Commissionerís appeal comes after she chaired a meeting at
which senior representatives from Merseysideís Local Resilience
Forum briefed elected leaders from all 5 of the Regionís Local
Authorities on the measures put in place to prepare for the
Jane added:- "I am grateful to the
Local Resilience Forum for offering todayís briefing to elected
leaders. It was reassuring to hear of the extensive planning
that has gone into the re-opening of our economy. I hope
everybody will follow the guidelines and stay safe."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region
THE latest total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, has risen by
544 cases and the total
number now stand at
284,276, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be
137 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
In England, there are a total of 244,412 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 42,489 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,420 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,495 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 2,016 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,192 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 684 confirmed cases.
► Knowsley, 986 confirmed
► Blackpool,1,012 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 982 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,794 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,263 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,932 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,178 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 6,599 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 2,841confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,823 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 1,534 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,618 confirmed cases.
► Salford, 1,299 confirmed
► Tameside, 1,499 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,242 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 2,109 confirmed cases.