DAILY EMERGENCY COVID-19
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UK Schools, Colleges and Nurseries to
March 2020, in the UK, Schools, Colleges, and Nurseries are
being shut until, further notice as a response to the
Coronavirus, Pandemic. This includes Private Schools and 6th
Forms Collages are also being told to follow the guidance to
close their doors. The UK Government has announced that
children of key workers (like NHS staff) and vulnerable children
will not be included in this and previsions will be made to look
after them. Prime Minister Boris Johnson added that he wanted to
thank Teachers and Headteachers for helping to do this. But he
added that Children:- "should not be left" with
Grandparents or others in groups vulnerable to contracting
Coronavirus. We are told that this academic year's exams will
not go ahead within England and Wales; decisions are due to be
made in Scotland and Northern Ireland very soon. It came as UK
deaths reached 104 after a further 33 people died.
Merseyrail amends services in
response to COVID-19 pandemic
UK Government advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,
Merseyrail services will be running every 30 minutes on all
lines from start of service, on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
All trains will be made up of 6 car carriages to keep the
Liverpool City Region moving and ensure that Merseyrail is
providing the most reliable service possible. Monday to Saturday
Services will be running from their regular start time with a 30
minute frequency, with services on Sundays staying the same.
There are likely to be further amendments to our timetable over
the coming weeks, and we would encourage all customers to check
before you travel. This can be done by visiting the Merseyrail
or the Merseyrail twitter account
for the latest information.
Managing Director at Merseyrail, said:- "The safety of our
staff and customers is of the upmost importance and these
measures have been taken to ensure that we continue to provide a
reliable, consistent service train service so essential workers
can still travel around the Liverpool City Region.
Merseyrail, alongside the rest of the UK rail industry, is being
proactive in its response to this pandemic, ensuring the latest
Government advice is shared with staff, including reminding
people about good hand hygiene and keeping surfaces clean. When
travelling by train, if you need to cough or sneeze, they should
make sure they follow the Public Health England advice to 'catch
it, bin it, kill it'."
Please click on this
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Metro Mayor announces revised timetables
to maintain essential transport services during the
COVID -19 crisis
METRO Mayor Steve Rotheram is urging
people to follow
national advice about essential travel as
changes to public transport services are set to be
introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to
keep services running.
City region transport operators have
been reviewing services and timetables in light of a
reduction in passenger numbers due to people following
the national advice and with a view to being able to
continue to provide a resilient and appropriate level of
service to support those who need to travel for
Customers are also being encouraged
to pay by contactless where they can and to use cash as
a last resort to help reduce risk for drivers and other
People are also being strongly
advised to follow
Public Health England's guidance to protect
themselves and others that includes washing hands more
regularly and thoroughly, particularly when arriving at
home or work and before eating.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:-
"We find ourselves in very
challenging times and I am strongly urging people to
continue to follow the national advice to only use
public transport for essential journeys. During this
serious situation which has ramifications for both the
number of travellers and staff, revised timetables are
being introduced. However, I fully appreciate that we
have city region residents who do need to travel,
especially if they carry out essential services for our
communities, and we will support them to get to where
they need to be. I pay tribute to those workers in the
transport sector, and indeed across all our public
services, who are doing everything they can to provide
those services in difficult circumstances."
As there are likely to be more
changes in the coming weeks, customers are advised to
keep checking both the
national Government advice and transport
operators websites and social media platforms for the
most up to date timetables and to plan ahead.
From Thursday, 19 March 2020,
Merseyrail services will be running every 30 minutes on
all lines from start of service. All trains will be made
up of 6 car carriages to keep the Liverpool City Region
moving enable social distancing and ensure we are
providing the most reliable service possible.
Monday to Saturday services will be running from
their regular start time with a 30 minute frequency,
with services on Sundays staying the same.
There are likely to be further amendments to the
timetable over the coming weeks and customers should
check before you travel.
Other rail operators...
There may be changes to other train operators
timetables and customers should direct before they
Transpennine Express @TPEassist
Avanti West Coast @avantiwestcoast
From Monday, 23 March 2020,
Stagecoach services will be running to revised
timetables. Customers should check their website for the
most up to date information.
Arriva are reviewing services in
light of the national guidance for public transport and
social distancing and will let customers know of any
Mersey Ferries are running please keep checking the
Mersey Ferries website and @merseytravel
for the latest information.
The Queensway (Birkenhead) and Kingsway (Wallasey)
Mersey Tunnels are currently open.
You can also stay connected by visiting Mersytravel's
travel updates page.
For the latest national information and guidance in
relation to the Coronavirus please visit
Public Health England websites.
Public urged to continue to follow national guidance
including advice about essential travel and social
Merseyrail services will be running every 30 minutes
on all lines from start of service, on Thursday, 19
March 2020, to ensure a resilient service is
Revised bus timetables.
Customers advised to check before they travel.
National Trust - Dog Walking
the news that the
National Trust will be
aiming to open many of their
gardens and parks for free
during this difficult time,
so the nation can use open
spaces to relax while
following the Government's
social distancing guidance.
M&S letter to customers and colleagues
FOR over 135 years, M&S, our
customers, and the communities we serve, have faced into
challenges big and small and come through them all by supporting
each other and working together. Now, as ever, the entire M&S
team; across our stores, our support centres, our warehouses
and in our supply chain; is working tirelessly to deliver for
our customers. This is only possible through the dedication of
our colleagues and I would like to express my thanks to each and
every member of the M&S family. I would also like to say a huge
thank you to you; our customers; for your loyalty and
understanding during these exceptional times. However events
unfold, M&S is here to help and we have already put in place new
measures to support our customers and colleagues:-
► Colleagues across our stores and supply chain have been
provided with additional hygiene products to use and extra
cleaning is taking place to keep up our excellent standards for
you and our teams.
► Colleagues from our Clothing and Home team will be joining our
Food teams so we can continue to give the magic and sparkle
service you rely on at M&S despite increased demand.
► Our expert fitters are still available to advise customers on
the right styles and sizes for you but we have paused our
cubicle based bra and suit fit services.
► We have longstanding relationships with the farmers, growers
and manufacturers we work with and, together, we are increasing
the amount of food we make here in the UK to help meet customer
demand. Now, as ever, you can be confident that the food you buy
from M&S is responsibly sourced and we are continuing to support
and invest in our supplier partners to deliver trusted value
► We will share helpful advice on ways to store and save your
food and cook delicious meals - so please keep an eye on our
► To make sure we can always deliver for you, we have now
introduced a contact free delivery experience for all clothing,
home, flowers, hampers and wine orders. This gives the option of
no hand to hand contact and the driver can leave the delivery
safely at your door.
► M&S Bank is set up to support you if you're concerned about
the impact on your finances and will tailor help to your
individual needs. We are also offering currency refunds if you
can no longer travel due to COVID-19.
Throughout our history, our customers, colleagues and
communities have relied on us during the most challenging
circumstances. We don't take that lightly and in the coming
weeks we will share more about what we are doing to help you and
the wider community, particularly its most vulnerable members.
It's the kindness and support that we give to each other that
will help us get through these unprecedented times.
Take care and a big thank you from us all.
Steve Rowe and the M&S team
How to care for your pets staying at home and
RSPCA is encouraging pet owners to think about how they will
care for their animals if they need to stay at home with
suspected symptoms of Coronavirus. The latest Government
guidance advises everyone to carry out 'social
distancing' in order to stop the spread of
Coronavirus and protect vulnerable members of the community.
As a result of this advice the Government has said that:-
"people can go out for a walk if they stay two metres away
RSPCA animal welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines, said:-
"There's no evidence to suggest that pets can be carriers of
Coronavirus or can become ill from it themselves. We would
urge pet owners not to panic and to not abandon their pets.
The latest 'social
advice does not have a huge impact on pet owners, but dog
walkers do need to follow Government advice and keep two
meters away from others while they are out for a stroll."
She added:- "Pet owners who are not showing any signs
of Coronavirus themselves or living with anyone who has
symptoms should continue to interact with their pets but
adopt good hygiene practices including washing hands
thoroughly with soap and water before and after touching
them, their food, toys and bedding. This is good advice at
any time and not specific to the Coronavirus situation.
Avoid being kissed or licked and sharing food with your
Social distancing tips for keeping your pets and family safe:-
Always adopt good hygiene practises and
thoroughly wash your hands after interacting with your
pets, such as:-
Avoid being kissed or licked and sharing
food with your pet.
Ensure you have supplies of pet food and
medication in case of you need to stay at home.
Enjoy dog walks but keep 2 meters away
from other people
Speak to your
or doctor for more advice.
Stay at home advice:-
The charity encouraged pet owners to think about how they
can care for their animals if they need to 'stay
if they or a member of the household show symptoms of
the virus. Sam added:- "As well as the good
hygiene measures, pet owners should try and ensure you have
supplies of pet food and medication if you need to 'stay at
home' and speak to your
or doctor for more advice. If you own a
or livestock and keep them on land that is not based at your
address, arrange for a friend to care for them until you're
able to return to normal. If possible, arrange for another
person to care for your pet (you could consider using a dog
walker or home boarder)."
Additional guidance for people staying at home with
Limit contact with pets and other animals
while you are sick.
Do not go on dog walks, instead exercise
your dog in the garden or ask a friend or relative to
help. A dog walker or boarder may also be able to help.
Ask friends to care for livestock and
If you feel unwell ask friends or a
boarder to take your pets to be looked after.
If you have any concerns about your pet
or your pet shows signs of ill health, please do not
visit the vet but phone for advice. As you will be
unable to take your pet to the vet yourself, have a plan
so that someone else can do this on your behalf.
Sam added:- "It's so heartening to see people rallying
round to support each other at these difficult times, we'd
encourage anyone who needs help to ask for it, from friends,
neighbours and charities. 1 positive to come out of this is
people will be working from home and spending extra time
with their pets which is a great opportunity to try some new
Tips for keeping dogs happy:-
Mental stimulation is a great way to keep your dog
entertained and occupied so you can keep your dog happy by
replacing exercise with other activities until you are able
to take them back out for their usual walks.
Try challenging your pooch at tea time -
ditch the food bowl and feed Fido using a Kong or a food
puzzle to get them thinking.
Play, play, play! Most dogs love to play
so set aside some time to have a good game of fetch or
tug with your pooch.
Learning a new trick or command is great
mental stimulation for a dog. Get out their favourite
treats and try teaching Fido how to
wave his paw,
or 'roll over'.
Get him sniffing - scent work can be a
great way to keep them busy for ages! Hide treats around
the garden or around the house and send them off in
search of them. If you feed your dog kibble this can be
a great way to serve them their meals!
Remember toilet breaks - remember your
dog will still need to go outside to use the toilet so
make sure they get regular access to the garden to
potter, sniff and wee.
Spotify has recently launched
Dog's Favourite Podcast'
which has a range of
carefully selected spoken word, sound and original music
designed to encourage relaxation.
Tips to keep horses happy and healthy:-
Adopt good hygiene practices including
washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before and
after touching them and any shared yard items such as
wheelbarrows, brooms and forks. Avoid being licked by
British Horse Society
websites for some practical tips.
Ensure you have sufficient supplies of
feed and any medication needed.
Although you won't be able to take your
horse beyond your land if you have suspected
Coronavirus, aim to ensure your horse is kept happy with
sufficient exercise and stimulation, if possible
increasing turnout, amending feeding accordingly and try
providing any existing stable toys to keep his mind
occupied as much as possible.
Speak to your
or doctor for more advice.
You can browse the
for toys and food games to keep your pets entertained.
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and
re-homing animals in desperate need of care please visit our
or call our donation line on:- 0300 123 8181.
England Golf update - COVID-19
wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, England Golf has today announced
a number of key decisions relating to all of our championships
and wider golfing activities.
All championship and performance events
have been postponed until 7 June 2020.
With the health and wellbeing of all
golfers, staff and volunteers paramount in our thinking, we
have issued a comprehensive guidance document to clubs and
golfers on how best to proceed in these unprecedented times.
England Golf's AGM and national
participation events scheduled for the spring have been
New working practices for staff have been
adopted to ensure we remain fully operational and available
to assist counties, clubs and golfers in the weeks and
For full details on all these important
announcements please click below:-
Championships and Performance
Guidance for Golf Clubs and Golfers
Event Postponements and How to contact
These remain extremely difficult and
unprecedented times for the game of golf as well as the country
England Golf remains committed to helping our
golfing community adapt to the necessary changes and for golfers
to continue to play the game in a safe environment and according
to Government and public health guidelines.
The pace of change and the constant updating
of Government and medical advice means that a continual process
of re-assessment of decisions and guidelines must be undertaken.
England Golf will continue to communicate any
changes through our website, social platforms and via direct
correspondence to our affiliated counties, clubs and golfers.
It is vital that everyone continues to follow
best practice when it comes to dealing with the current outbreak
For expert medical advice please refer to the
World Health Organisation:-
Public Health England:-
A message from Merseyside Fire and Rescue
MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service
(MFRS) would like to reassure members of the community that we
are still here for them and will continue to respond to
emergencies throughout the current pandemic.
Measures are being taken to ensure that our frontline
firefighters and staff are protected to ensure we can continue
to provide a service and also to protect the public of
Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said:- "These are
difficult times particularly for those working on the health
frontline, but it's important that the public to know that we
are doing everything we can to keep you safe. Merseyside Fire
and Rescue Service has robust business continuity plans in place
which are tested regularly to make sure they work so there will
always be enough firefighters and fire engines to respond to 999
calls. Like all emergency services, we plan and exercise for all
scenarios regularly, including flu pandemics, so we know what to
do in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On the
basis of those plans, we have taken the decision to reduce some
of our prevention activity where the risk of fire is low. We
will also be avoiding visiting hospitals and care homes; except
in cases of high risk or emergency; as we do not wish to put the
particularly vulnerable at risk. Be assured we will continue to
work with our partners to keep everyone in Merseyside safe."
Many members of our community will now be spending more time at
home than usual, with some of us forced to self isolate. MFRS
understands how stressful this can be and that's why we want to
make sure people stay as safe as possible. We will be posting
advice on our social media feeds about keeping yourself safe
from fire; please take notice and always remember, if there is a
fire, get out, stay out and call:- 999.
Follow these tips to stay safe from fire:-
► Smoke alarms smoke alarms save lives, but only if they're
working and in the right place. You should have at least one
working smoke alarm on every level of your home. Consider
installing additional alarms in rooms with electrical appliances
or sleeping areas. Don't put alarms in or near kitchens and
bathrooms where smoke or steam could set them off accidentally.
NEVER take the batteries out of your smoke alarm to put into
another electrical device.
► Heaters keep heaters well away from clothes, curtains,
furniture and other flammable materials. NEVER use heaters to
dry clothes. ALWAYS switch off and unplug your heaters before
going to bed.
► Smoking if you smoke, use a proper ashtray and make sure it
is placed on a level surface away from combustible materials.
Make sure your cigarettes are fully extinguished. Don't smoke in
bed you could easily fall asleep while your cigarette is still
burning and cause a fire.
► Candles keep candles and tea lights away from anything that
can catch fire. NEVER leave lit candles unattended make sure
they are fully extinguished before leaving the room or going to
bed. Consider using LED battery-operated candles instead.
► Cooking make it a priority to keep cooking areas clear and
clean from combustible materials. Make sure your oven and grill
are clean a build-up of fat or grease can cause a fire. DON'T
leave pans unattended while cooking and NEVER leave children or
pets unattended in the kitchen.
► Escape routes make sure everyone in your household knows how
to get out in the event of a fire. Ensure your escape routes are
clear from any clutter. Keep your door and window keys in a
known and accessible place.
► IN AN EMERGENCY, CALL 999 IMMEDIATELY. In the event of a fire,
get out, stay out and call:- 999.
During the current situation, we would ask
those who are able, to check on their elderly and vulnerable
neighbours and relatives and offer them support. If they are
self-isolating due to their age or underlying health conditions,
check if you can help by picking up items from the shop and
leaving it on their doorstep.
CFO Garrigan added:- "As the country deals with the
Coronavirus outbreak, many of you will be moving into self
isolation, and many of you will be feeling anxious, vulnerable
and isolated. Please remember that no matter what happens,
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is here, looking out for you
and your loved ones."
to Chancellor's Statement on Coronavirus
response to the latest developments in the Coronavirus outbreak,
the CLA has issued the following statement.
time of uncertainty, the CLA is doing its utmost to support its
members, and we have published comprehensive advice on our
website to provide support to the wide variety of rural
businesses that are struggling to deal with the fallout of the
corona virus outbreak.
It's encouraging to
see that the Chancellor of Exchequer has pledged to make ₤350bn
available to the economy. This will bring some much needed and
welcome relief for rural businesses. We fully recognise that the
global nature of COVID-19 will bring a level of economic
distress to rural communities not experienced in generations and
we are determined to support our members through it.
CLA President Mark
"Whilst most CLA staff are working from home after UK
advice, we continue to support our members in every way
possible; be it the business implications of Coronavirus, or
standing up for their interests on the raft of changes and
challenges that were already facing the industry."
To keep up to date
with the latest CLA advice, visit the Association's Coronavirus
Institute welcomes delay of off payroll working rules, but
asks the Government to go further
of Taxation (CIOT)
welcomes last night's announcement that the controversial
'off payroll' rules will be deferred until April 2021, but
on the eve of publication of the Finance Bill urges the
Government to defer other April 2020 changes, too.
John Cullinane, CIOT Tax Policy Director, said:- "We
welcome the announcement last night that the reforms to the
off-payroll working rules will be delayed from 6 April 2020
to 6 April 2021. We are currently in extraordinary times and
many individuals, businesses and employers are already
facing significant challenges simply being able to work or
to pay the people they employ. These new rules had the
potential to significantly impact the labour market, and
their deferral is welcome."
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIOT is
encouraging the Government to look critically at other
measures scheduled to take place from next month, with a
view to avoiding creating unnecessary burdens during a time
John Cullinane added:- "There are a number of other
measures due to commence in April 2020 which, when
considered in the light of our current situation, should
really be delayed. For example, the Finance Bill is expected
to contain measures limiting the availability of Private
Residence Relief, including reducing the final period
exemption from eighteen to nine months. The property market
is likely to slow down significantly in the coming months
and properties may take much longer to sell than expected,
leaving some vendors with an unexpected Tax bill. It would
be sensible to defer this measure until 2021. Also, the new
30 day Capital Gains Tax reporting and payment obligations
go live on 6 April. As this measure requires an entirely new
reporting system, which is not expected to be fully
operational by 6 April and has inadequate provision for the
digitally challenged or excluded, it would be sensible to
defer this until 2021 as well. Given the slower property
market it would be unlikely to bring in the expected revenue
this year in any case. We would encourage the Government to
look critically at the Finance Bill, and those measures in
previous Finance Acts which take effect next month, and
defer those which are not absolutely vital. It will also
ensure that any remaining measures stand a fighting chance
of receiving proper scrutiny."
The CIOT is also urging the Government, and HMRC, to
consider practical steps they can take to help businesses
and individuals comply with their Tax obligations during
this challenging period.
John Cullinane added:- "The measures announced at the
Budget, and subsequently, to help businesses and individuals
survive the pandemic are extremely welcome. Practical
support and guidance is also needed, from simple things like
missed deadlines and correspondence because offices are
closed, to more complex matters around residence status and
exceptional circumstances. We are ready, willing and able to
help on these issues."
Foodbanks need help
"We are currently
experiencing unprecedentedly high levels of phone calls and
emails both offering and seeking support and help. West
Foodbank are working
closely with a wider local task force pulling together
various agencies and will meet this Friday to co-ordinate
our response in the light of considerable challenges we all
face. Please look out for updates which will be communicated
as soon as possible. Thank you all for your patience; this
is a fast moving situation." Trustees of West
Message from Sainsbury's Chief Executive Mike Coupe
YOU will have seen that, due to the ongoing uncertainty
around the full impact of Coronavirus, supermarkets have been
much busier than usual and customers are choosing to stock up.
I wanted to personally reassure you that we have more food and
other essential items coming to us from manufacturers and into
our warehouses and distribution centres. If we all shop just for
the food that we and our families need, there will be enough for
I also wanted to let you know that at Sainsbury's, we are
working really hard to ensure this remains the case. Over the
past 2 weeks we have:-
► Ordered more stock of essential items from our suppliers.
► Put more capacity into our warehouses.
► Set limits on a small number of items, including some cleaning
products, soap and pain relief. This is a precautionary measure
- if everyone shops normally, there will be enough for everyone.
There are gaps on shelves because of increased demand, but we
have new stock arriving regularly and we're doing our best to
keep shelves stocked. Our store colleagues are working
tirelessly and doing the best job they can.
Which brings me onto a request. Please think before you buy and
only buy what you and your family need. If we all do this then
we can make sure we have enough for everyone. And please help
elderly and vulnerable friends, family and neighbours with their
shopping if you can.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your
continued support and to thank our colleagues who are all
working incredibly hard to ensure we can continue to serve our
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