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LGA responds to tourism
RESPONDING to the Government's ₤10 million new funding to
boost tourism in England announced at the Local Government
Association's annual conference today, Cllr Gerald Vernon
Jackson, Chair of the LGA's Culture, Tourism and Sport Board,
said:- "We are pleased that the Government recognises the
important role that tourism plays in boosting the UK economy and
that it has provided this much needed funding. Councils are best
placed to boost visitor economies and are trying to find
innovative ways of supporting culture and heritage. As well as
helping our existing tourism businesses, it is vital that the UK
investments help spread the benefits of the visitor economy to
all parts of the country. Many businesses will also need ongoing
access to the Government's support packages until they can
return to profitability next summer."
Countries exempt from
Coronavirus travel quarantine revealed
THE FCO has set out exemptions for a
number of destinations from its current travel restrictions.
Passengers returning to England from selected countries will now
no longer be required to self isolate when arriving from 10 July
2020. Travel Insurance Expert at Confused.com Jac Morris says:-
"This announcement will no doubt be welcomed by many Brits
who are eager to holiday abroad this summer. Our research found
that 17% people would consider travelling abroad this year, but
53% of these said they would consider going overseas if the
Government said it was safe to do so. However 65% of people
still said they wouldn't go abroad this year, 24% saying they're
concerned they won't be insured. So, clearly there is still a
lot of uncertainty about what will or won't be covered. If
you're travelling to a country that is not outlined in the FCO
exemptions, then you will not be covered on your travel
insurance. However, if you're travelling to the likes of Spain
or France, the good news is that your insurance should be valid.
But as plans are constantly changing, it's important to check
providers' guidance around cancellations or medical cover in
relation to COVID-19, before making a purchase or claim. We've
created a guide to offer some advice and outline the travel
policies from our travel insurance providers to provide some
CLA welcomes additional
funding to bolster tourism businesses
THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has
welcomed the additional ₤10 million funding to kick start
tourism businesses, announced today by Simon Clarke MP, Minister
for Regional Growth and Local Government. The ₤10 million kick
starting Tourism Package, will give small businesses in tourist
destinations grants of up to ₤5,000 to help them adapt their
businesses following the Coronavirus pandemic. Businesses can
use the funding to pay for specialist professional advice such
as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new
technology and online systems or to purchase new equipment. 100%
of the money will come from government with no obligation for
businesses to contribute financially.
CLA Director North, Dorothy Fairburn said:- "The CLA
welcomes this additional funding to support the re-launching
tourism businesses across England, and it is particularly apt at
a time when many attractions are reopening their doors to
visitors from July. Despite reports of an explosion in bookings
for local destinations, many rural businesses in the sector will
find the next few months highly challenging. The CLA encourages
farmers and landowners with tourism offerings to contact their
local growth hubs, as these bodies have been allocated the
funding in accordance with how much of their employment base is
linked to tourism and hospitality businesses, most of which are
based in rural areas."
Activities supported through the ₤10 million grant can include:-
1 to many events providing guidance to respond to Coronavirus,
small grants (₤1,000 to ₤5,000) to, help businesses access
specialist professional advice, like with human resources,
accountants, legal, financial, IT / digital. Also, purchase
minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to
continue to deliver business activity or diversify.
MP calls on supermarkets to
introduce mandatory face coverings
A Merseyside MP Bill Esterson has called on supermarket
chains to:- "take a lead" on preventing the spread of
Coronavirus and make the wearing of face coverings mandatory in
their stores. Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson has written to the
chief executives of:- Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's,
Iceland, Lidl and Aldi to ask that they introduce the measure to
minimise the risk of the spread of infection inside shops. The
Sefton Central MP thanked shop staff for their contribution as
essential workers throughout the pandemic, but asked that
supermarkets do more to enforce measures such as 2 metre
distancing, disinfecting trollies, making hand gel available and
limiting the number of people inside stores. Mr Esterson said
cases of Coronavirus were rising in some communities and
evidence from other countries showed that face coverings were a
key part of reducing the spread of the virus.
Mr Esterson wrote in the letter:- "Please thank your staff
for their contribution as essential workers throughout this
crisis. Retail and distribution workers have been on the front
line and have sadly been among the victims of the terrible
Coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, analysis shows that Covid-19 cases
are still at a dangerously high level and are rising in some
communities. I am therefore asking that you review your approach
to minimise the risk of the spread of infection in your stores.
A number of constituents have written to me to express their
discomfort at shopping in supermarkets where many people are not
wearing face coverings, where there seems to be no limit to the
number of shoppers in store, where customers do not adhere to
the 2 metre distancing rule, where trolleys are not disinfected
between uses, hand gel provided but not visible or always used,
and where there is no one-way system in place to help prevent
people passing each other in the store. As I shop in at least
one of your stores, I can confirm that some of what has been
raised with me is sadly the reality. I am asking that you make
obligatory the wearing of face masks by staff and customers in
your stores. I realise that this is not mandatory but the
evidence from other countries suggests that the wearing of face
coverings is an important part of preventing the spread of
infection. It is mandatory on public transport. I wonder whether
retailers might take the lead if the government does not
intervene in shops in the way it has on public transport."
Mr Esterson asked the supermarket chains outline what measures
they were taking to limit the number of shoppers in store,
disinfect trolleys between uses, encourage the use of hand gel,
encourage shoppers to adhere to a 1 way system and encourage
shoppers and staff to stay a 2 metre distance from each other.
He wrote:- "A safe environment for both your staff and
customers is vital to help stop the spread of a very serious and
deadly virus in my constituency and across the country. You will
of course agree that the safety of your customers and staff must
have the highest priority and I hope that you will reflect on
what is happening and on the evidence from this country and
around the world in responding to this email. Thank you again
for your efforts in looking after my constituents during this
crisis and I hope that my communication prompts a positive
dialogue on this important topic."
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 624 cases and the total
number now stand at 284,900, 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 67 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 44,198.
In England, there are a total of 244,991 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 42,604 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,426 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,501 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 2,018 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,191 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 684 confirmed cases.
► Knowsley, 989 confirmed
► Blackpool,1,014 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 994 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,799 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,268 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,937 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,178 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 6,610 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 2,862 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,830 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 1,541 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,621 confirmed cases.
► Salford, 1,303 confirmed
► Tameside, 1,504 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,245 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 2,108 confirmed cases.
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