Liverpool City Region COVID-19 Updates - 2020-07-10

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This page last updated on 10 July 2020

High Streets Task Force offering support to businesses

IN a mixed week for high streets and as we all continue to see the impact of COVID-19, the Task Force, who are an alliance of place making experts that provides encouragement, tools and skills to help communities and local Government transform their high streets have been looking at communications and regeneration strategies. As the country continues to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 on its high streets, its been a week of mixed news. Following the Chancellor's summer statement; and new support for Towns, including:- 'Eat out to help out' and a new bespoke small business advice service, but we've also seen retailers closing stores, with John Lewis and Boots the latest household names to do so. As the Task Force continues its programme of support, it is gathering data on these types of impacts and reflecting the lessons in its work; for example on this week's webinar exploring how to stay connected with high street visitors and 'customers' as lockdown begins to ease. They have issued have many new resources online covering a wide range of topics, so do take a look at the Task Force's resources library.

Warning over COVID-19 cases among young people

AN increase in confirmed cases of young people with Coronavirus in south Liverpool has led public health officials to warn that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age. There have been around 30 cases in the area over the last fortnight, with half of them in people aged 15 to 24. The places affected include Belle Vale, Childwall, Woolton, Knotty Ash, Allerton and Hunts Cross. There have also been a number of cases in Halewood.

Matt Ashton, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, said:- "Everyone is at risk of COVID-19, but we know that there is a perception among younger people that they are less at risk. The easing of the lockdown means this is a really dangerous moment for case numbers, and we need people not to let their guard down and throw away all of the sacrifices we have made since March 2020. We owe it to each other to take precautions and look after each other, regardless of their age. This is not just about your own individual risk, but the chances of you passing it on to your own family and friends, some of which may be in vulnerable groups and could become seriously ill. So we need everyone to follow the rules, such as avoiding crowds of people and social gatherings, following social distancing guidelines, and using face coverings on public transport and in supermarkets. Regardless of where you live, if you do develop symptoms, please make sure you isolate, book a test through the NHS website, and then if it is positive we can use contact tracing to help find other that may be at risk. If everyone follows the guidance we can help control the virus and minimise the impact on ourselves and our loved ones."

Mobile testing centres will be in the area over the next week or so, carrying out swab tests on people with symptoms who have pre-booked an appointment via the NHS website:-

Woolton:- Saturday, 11 July and Sunday, 12 July 2020.

Wavertree:- Monday, 13 July to Wednesday, 15 July 2020.

Halewood:- Tuesday, 14 July 2020 to Friday, 17 July 2020, and Friday, 24 July 2020 to Sunday, 26 July 2020.

Booking a test can only be done through the NHS online services, and full instructions and the location are sent with the confirmation; you cannot just turn up without an appointment.

Dr Sarah McNulty, Director of Public Health in Knowsley, added:- "I can't stress enough how important it is to stay at home and get tested if you develop symptoms, particularly with lockdown measures easing and pubs and bars now reopening. It is so important that social distancing is part of your everyday life – you don’t know who has it and who could be spreading it, but if you’re within 2 metres of them for more than 15 minutes and they test positive, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days."

More information about COVID-19 symptoms and guidance can be found on the NHS website.

Covid-19: Starting Your Business Up Again Safely

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AS businesses re-open after the Covid-19 shutdown, there is a need to ensure that required steps are taken, to ensure the safety and welfare of employees, customers and visitors. A COVID re-start and business continuity plan is essential for all types of business, to get back up and running and deal with future disruptions to operations. The use of social media is also important, to inform clients that you are open for business, and safe to do business with. On Thursday, 23 July Investsefton is running a live interactive Zoom webinar entitled:- 'Covid-19: Starting Your Business Up Again Safely' from 10.30am to 12.30pm. To book your places contact Sharon/Dominique by emailing:- InvestSefton@Sefton.Gov.UK or call them on:- 01519343452.

Royal Mail fined ₤1.5m for missing 2018/19 delivery target

ROYAL Mail is required by Ofcom to deliver at least 93% of 1t class post; across the UK; within 1 working day of collection. In 2018/19, 91.5% of 1st class post was delivered on time. But even after considering evidence put forward by Royal Mail, Ofcom decided to adjust its performance to take into account the impact of Highways England's road investment programme on the company's delivery performance. Despite this adjustment, Royal Mail still failed to achieve its 1st class delivery target by 1.1%. But the Royal Mail did not provide a satisfactory explanation for this and it did not take sufficient steps to get back on track during the year. As a result Ofcom decided to impose a fine of ₤1,500,000 on Royal Mail for failing to meet its 1st class delivery target.

Additional ₤100,000 fine was also issued by Ofcom for overcharging customers for 2nd class stamps, between 25 March 2019 and 31 March 2019. Ofcom said:- "We set a price cap for 2nd class stamps to ensure that an affordable postal service is available to everyone, while keeping the universal service financially sustainable. For 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 the cap was set at 60p. Royal Mail increased its price for 2nd class stamps to 61p on 25 March 2019, thereby overcharging customers for 7 days until the cap increased on 1 April 2019. As a result the company estimated that it overcharged people by approximately ₤60,000 in total as a result, which it is unable to refund. Given the harm caused and failure in its processes to stick to the price cap, we have decided to fine Royal Mail ₤100,000. It has since made changes to its compliance processes that it says will prevent this error from happening again."

Gaucho Rasmussen, Ofcom's Director of Investigations and Enforcement, said:- "Many people depend on postal services, and our rules are there to ensure they get a good service, at an affordable price. Royal Mail let its customers down, and these fines should serve as a reminder that we’ll take action when companies fall short."

Royal Mail has co-operated with our investigations and did not contest our findings. The fines will be passed on to HM Treasury. Royal Mail's performance improved in 2019/20, and after taking into account the impact of Covid-19, the company met its regulatory obligations.

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 642 cases and the total number now stand at 287,621, 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 85 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 44,602.

In England, there are a total of 247,609 confirmed cases. North West - total of 43,107 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 2,451 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 1,507 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 2,029 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 1,197 confirmed cases

► Halton, 690 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 1,021 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 1,026 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,835 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 1,280 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,956 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 2,194 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 6,692 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 2,915 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,863 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 1,603 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,631 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 1,520 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 1,252 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 2,125 confirmed cases.

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