Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-04

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This page last updated on 4 July 2020

LGA responds to tourism funding announcement

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 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 clarity."

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 and surroundings

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 totals.

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 cases..

► 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 cases.

► Tameside, 1,504 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,245 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,108 confirmed cases.

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