Liverpool City Region COVID-19 statistics - 2020-06-14

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This page last updated on 14 June 2020

Public urged to take extra care when high streets reopen

THE public are being urged to take extra care when visiting High Streets and Town Centres to avoid a second spike in Coronavirus infection, as Councils prepare for the easing of lockdown restrictions. Around the County Councils are putting in place measures to make high streets clean, safe and secure, but are asking the public to play their part by respecting social distancing measures. It comes as non-essential shops and businesses will be able to re-open their doors on Monday, 15 June 2020. The District Councils' Network, which represents Councils planning the safe reopening of Town Centres, wants the public to be reassured that safety measures will be in place for them to follow. The Government recently announced ₤20 million for district Councils to lead the local effort to safeguarding high streets following the pandemic, and Councils are urging the public to follow safety guidance.

To make visits to Town Centres and high streets safe, Councils are:-

Helping marshal movements with floor markings and signage.

►  Carrying out more frequent street cleaning, providing hand sanitiser posts, adapting public seating and conveniences.

►  Creating more pedestrianised spaces and streets.

►  Adapting indoor and outdoor market spaces to allow traders trading safely.

►  Deploying Council staff or volunteers to provide help and advice.

Looking ahead Councils are also putting in place plans to invest in the revitalisation of Town Centres of the future, including reshaping a mixed offer of retail, culture, entertainment and housing.  As local leaders of their places and economies, Councils are calling on the Government to bring forward investments set out in the Towns Funding and Future High Streets Fund. The plans form part of DCN's new report Power in Place which outlines district Councils' 5 point manifesto for the recovery.

Cllr Mark Crane, DCN lead member for stronger economies, said:--
"As the country begins to ease lockdown restrictions, it is absolutely essential that we all continue to exercise maximum care and caution, so as to prevent a second spike in infection. District Councils, as the authorities responsible for high streets and Town Centres, will be doing all they can to make public spaces as safe and secure as possible. We will be delighted to see visitors return to our high streets, which we're working hard to reshape so that shops and businesses get the boost they desperately need, but without compromising public health. But we need members of the public to respect these efforts, and take extra care when visiting their local high streets and Town Centres during this challenging period."

Expert reaction the University of Birmingham's Sarah Montano on the impact of non-essential shops opening

BIRMINGHAM University's Sarah Montano has told us that:- "The impact of COVID-19 on UK retail activity has been virtually unprecedented, with a record 18.1% fall in retail sales, in April 2020, which followed a fall of 5.2% in March 2020. The impact of this fall in sales can be particularly seen by the drop in clothing sales in April 2020 by 50.2%, against March 2020. However, it was recently announced that non-essential shops in England can open from 15th June. Retailers are making preparations for the return of their operations with Primark planning to open all of its 153 stores. Whilst consumers have been in lockdown however, they have still been engaged in retail activity. Online sales reached record propositions with 30.7% of sales taking place online compared to 19.1% in April 2019. Indeed, various retailers have positioned their online stores as their "Virtual Flagship Store" offering the same service levels and product range that could be found in the traditional high-street store. The challenge for the high-street, will be to encourage customers to return when they have become used to the convenience of shopping online. Whilst, retailers may be keen to open, to bring in some much awaited income, shopping is unlikely to return to the pre-COVID days and the in store experience will look quite different. There are a number of reasons for this:-

1. Social distancing regulations will limit the number of customers in store and floor markings will indicate the social distancing rules.

2. There may be less product availability due to items being placed under quarantine. Waterstones plans to put its books under a 72 hour quarantine after customers have picked up a book in order to protect customers from the spread of the virus.

3. Protecting health of retail employees will be of critical importance and so screens may be in place around the till area and employees may wear PPE."

.Beach safety funding needed to prevent chaotic scenes

PEOPLE are being urged to put safety before any sun this weekend to avoid putting themselves and others at risk when they visit popular beach destinations.  The Local Government Association is calling for Government to set out clear guidance for the public about visiting beaches and for fast track Government funding to help fund beach patrols, additional toilets and prominent signage, to improve safety at beach beauty spots.

The LGA, which represents Councils in England and Wales, is strongly advising people to think carefully before travelling to beaches and to get in the habit of checking they are open and safe to visit, before any potential local COVID-19 lockdowns. The "rush to the sun" following easing of lockdown restrictions has become a serious challenge for Councils responsible for beach safety, particularly as many lifeguard services have been withdrawn.

In Dorset, huge numbers of people recently flocked to Durdle Door, with 3 thrill seekers left seriously injured after jumping from the 200ft Durdle Door arch. Despite a critical incident being declared at the site by emergency services due to the number of injuries, thousands flocked to the area again the next day; ignoring road closures put in place. It follows tragedies in Cornwall, where a teenage girl whose boat capsized and a man who was rescued from the sea, both died. As well as the life threatening risks to life of tombstoning; jumping into water from height; and swimming in dangerous seas with no lifeguard patrols, the lack of open public toilets, illegal parking and increased litter poses a serious risk to public safety at many beach locations.

The LGA is urging people to check advice on local Council websites before they travel to check whether the beach is open and lifeguard provision is at normal levels.  Where normal lifeguard provision is absent, visitors are advised not to enter the water and to read safety information provided locally. People must also not ignore beach closures or try and use dangerous alternate routes to a beach.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said:-
 "Councils have serious concerns following the senseless behaviour and chaotic scenes we have witnessed at beaches and beauty spots around the country in recent weeks.  The tragic events we have seen should serve as a warning that there is a genuine risk to life if people don't take care and follow safety guidelines. They are there for a reason and we would strongly urge people to pay attention and follow these. We fully understand people's frustration with the recent restrictions and their desire to escape and enjoy any warm weather by going to the beach, but this must not be to the detriment of people's safety. We also urgently need Government funding to help Councils introduce measures to improve safety, in particular at a time when there are fewer lifeguards at beaches and coastal spots. Our message to the public is think carefully about making any trip to the beach or coast, and if you are, to check advice on Council websites before travelling, to make sure beaches are open and safe to visit. Lives could depend on it."

Merseyrail reminds passengers that they must wear a face covering on their network from Monday, 15 June 2020

FOLLOWING the announcement by the Government that all public transport passengers in England must wear a face covering whilst travelling, Merseyrail is reminding passengers that face coverings must be worn whilst on their network, from Monday, 15 June 2020. Merseyrail will be engaging with passengers next week to ensure that they are aware of the changes which have been brought in to ensure that those making necessary journeys, can do so with confidence in situations where social distancing may not always be possible. In line with Government guidance, some passengers who have medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a face covering will be able to travel without needing to wear 1. Merseyrail is also reminding passengers that the Government guidance remains to work from home if they can and to avoid making any unnecessary journeys.

Andy Heath Managing Director of Merseyrail said:- "As the Government announced last week, from Monday, 15 June 2020, passengers on our network must wear face coverings. Wearing face coverings at our Stations and on our trains will help to ensure that those who need to use them can do so with confidence. The use of face coverings will boost the other measures we have put in place to keep our customers and staff safe, including enhanced cleaning regimes, clear guidance, and marshals at busier Stations. We will be actively engaging with our passengers as they travel around the network next week, to ensure they are aware of the new rules and that they are following them. I would ask the people of the Liverpool City Region to continue to support us, as they have throughout this pandemic, by only travelling by train where necessary and wearing a face covering when they do."

For more information and advice please visit:- Merseyrail.Org.

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 1,514 cases and the total number now stand at 295,889, 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
36 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 41,698.

In England, there are a total of 157,074 confirmed cases. North West - total of 26,692 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,661 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 965 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,339 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 760 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 411 confirmed cases.

► Blackpool, 675 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 419 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,044 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 800 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,201 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,299 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,784 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,671 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,135 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 856 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,068 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 824 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 861 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,230 confirmed cases.

Last update, Saturday, 13 June 2020, at 4:54pm. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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