Emergancy Notices - Liverpool City Region - Merseyside - 21 March 2020

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This page is updated on 21 March 2020

UK Government to support Coronavirus affected businesses

To help businesses and employers understand what the measures announced by the Chancellor mean for you, please use this page to navigate the latest guidance for people in Northern Ireland.

Guidance for employees

Read all the latest guidance and frequently asked questions for employees including details about statutory sick pay and Universal Credit.

Sickness and disability benefits

Face to face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits will be temporarily suspended for the next 3 months from Tuesday 17 March. No further action is required by any claimant as a result of this change. They will be contacted with advice on next steps.


Find out all the latest travel advice and sign up for travel alerts via the Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) website.

Businesses General guidance for employers

The UK Government has published extensive guidance for employers, including details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if someone is suspected or confirmed to have the virus.

UK Government support for businesses

The UK Government has set out a package of measures to protect public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Businesses in Northern Ireland can access the following schemes and announcements:

  • Businesses will receive government grants worth up to 80% of wages to keep workers in jobs. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay up to ₤2,500 per worker each month, helping those who are self isolating or caring for loved ones. This scheme will be open from Monday, 23 March 2020.

  • Support for businesses through the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, which will provide loans of up to ₤5m, with no interest due for 12 months. This scheme will be open from Monday, 23 March 2020 and will be delivered through the British Business Bank.

  • Support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees.

  • Support for businesses paying tax.

  • VAT payments for the next quarter will be deferred so no business will pay any VAT for the next 3 months.

Northern Ireland Executive support for businesses

Invest NI have provided practical advice for business online click on here.

Businesses in Northern Ireland can access the following schemes:-

  • COVID Small Business Grant - Small business grant of ₤10,000 to be issued immediately with a cost of ₤267m providing support to 27,000 businesses in NI. This is for all businesses with a NAV up to ₤15,000.

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Retail Sectors Grant Scheme - An immediate grant of ₤25,000 will be provided to companies in these sectors with a rateable value up to ₤51,000.

Information on these schemes will be made available at NI Business Info.

Further to this, the Department of Finance has announced a ₤100m emergency rates package for businesses. All NI businesses will pay zero rates for the next three months (April, May, June). This automatically reduces rates by 25%, in addition to any existing rate reliefs. This applies to all businesses and does not need to be repaid.

Business support helplines HMRC tax helpline

HMRC has set up a helpline for businesses and self employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to COVID-19. Call:- 0800 0159 559 for help and advice.

Invest NI helpline

Get help with your business online, or by calling the Invest NI Helpline. Telephone:-: 0800 181 4422

21 March 2020

National Trust closes parks and gardens, asking people to avoid travel and comply with government social distancing guidance

FROM midnight on 21 March 2020, the National Trust will close all of its gated gardens and parks to help restrict the spread of the Coronavirus.

The move follows the closure of:- pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and leisure centres announced by the Government, on Friday, and tightening travel restrictions and public health advice.

At the start of this week the conservation charity announced that despite closing its houses, shops and cafes, it would work to keep gardens and parks open so people could access open space. However, the Trust warned that a fair weather forecast and Mothering Sunday could tempt people onto the roads over the weekend and National Trust sites would close if high demand meant social distancing could not be enforced.

Director-General Hilary McGrady said:- "Despite our desire to keep our outdoor spaces open, the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors has to be our top priority. Having observed the numbers visiting our properties today and I am no longer convinced we can maintain social distancing over Mother's Day when numbers are likely to grow, and beyond. We have now sadly taken the decision to close all of our parks and gardens, in addition to our houses, shops and cafes, to avoid crowding that puts social distancing at risk. We know that people are likely to need space and fresh air in the coming weeks and months and we will do all we can to provide access wherever possible. Our countryside and coastal locations remain open with parking charges waived, but we encourage people to stay local and observe social distancing measures. Over the coming weeks our digital platforms:- our website, social media feeds, podcasts and video; will become even more important, ensuring the places of nature, beauty and history that we care for on behalf of the nation can remain open for business virtually while we are temporarily closed. We will also be ramping up our efforts to help people connect with nature wherever they are and to find moments of joy in the world around them. We will be providing rich content and staying in touch with our members and followers throughout this time."

Information on which National Trust outdoor places are open can be found at:-

9.30pm, Saturday, 21 March 2020.


IF you are not a key worker, please stay at home. The Government is warning that the spread of the virus is getting worse and today, in Formby, we witnessed bank holiday levels of traffic, with people coming from all over the North West to go to the beach. Many walking in large groups! This is putting a huge strain on the local people who live within that area, who are trying to avoid a lock down situation. If you do not travel, you decrease the ability for the virus to spread and decrease the impact of the virus.  This could save the your lives and the economy.  Please do not go out, if you do not have to or it is not part of your job.  Also, if you do go out, please remember to "Catch it, bag it and bin it!" as again, we have seen lots of old hankies being dropped and gloves, a major risk to public health and those who have to clean it up!

We're all in this together - helping our communities

"IN my last message, I made a promise to share more about what we're doing to help our customers and our wider community. Today I'm sharing the initial steps that we're taking to help the communities we serve; particularly its most vulnerable members. Many of the ideas we are putting into action come from the 80,000 colleagues who are working around the clock and I have never been prouder to lead this team; this family; and wear my M&S name badge.

We are reserving the 1st hour of trade every Monday and Thursday, as a special shopping hour for our more vulnerable and elderly customers to help them get the food and products they need. For our NHS and emergency service workers, who we will all be relying on in the coming weeks and months, we will reserve the 1st hour of trade on a Tuesday and Friday for them to shop.

To help make sure all of our customers can get what they need, we have introduced temporary purchasing restrictions on some lines. This isn't a decision we have taken lightly, but there is unprecedented demand on some products and all of us need to play our part in feeding the nation. There is plenty of food for all of us, if we just buy what we need.

1 of the things that makes me most proud to work at M&S is the role we play in our local communities. Not just through the brilliant service our colleagues give, but through the time and energy they give to helping those most in need. We can't do this on our own and so we partner with organisations like Neighbourly, a community platform which links our stores to local organisations so we can donate surplus food and non-food products to the people who really need them.

Earlier this year we launched an app to make it easier for our colleagues to connect surplus product with the right local charity. Where we've launched it donations have gone up by more than 100% so we're rolling it out as fast as we can to make it as easy as possible for everyone in all of our stores to get involved. We're also playing our part in the work the government is convening with the whole food supply chain; from farm to fork; and when we can tell you more about that, we will.

But we know that isn't enough. So M&S is kick starting the 'Neighbourly Community Fund' specifically to support those most impacted by COVID-19. The whole M&S family; including:- M&S Bank and M&S Energy; is supporting the fund, which will help mobilise more than 1000 local charities to support the most vulnerable members of our communities immediately. Alongside this local on the ground funding M&S is supporting the National Emergencies Trust Campaign with a donation to help galvanize the national efforts now under way.

I don't want to over claim, we're just doing our bit, and hopefully making it easier for you to do yours.

Our colleagues have a critical role to play in the coming weeks to deliver for you, our customers, and that means a huge effort across our supply chain, stores and support centres.

Whilst they are working hard we want to make it as easy as possible for them in these challenging times. We are supporting all of our colleagues, should they need to self isolate, on full pay. For those colleagues who may find their families facing temporary hardship, we have set up a colleague fund to give them extra help.

At M&S 1 of our values is to be 'all in for the customer.' By this we mean 3 things: All of us working as one M&S team; giving all of our effort all of the time; and being guided in everything we do by giving every customer the unique magic and sparkle of M&S.

We're still doing that. But at the moment it isn't quite enough. Because this is a challenge for everyone, everywhere.

So at the moment our guiding value is that we're all in this together. Our M&S family doing our very best to help every family that we can.

Take care and a big thank you from us all."

Steve Rowe


Jo Anderson says UK Government must support self employed

THE Mayor of Liverpool, has said that the UK Government must act now to avert disaster later down the line for many within the Gig community and self employed.  See his Twitter post below:-

Total UK cases COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE current confirmed cases within the following local authorities are as follows:-

►  Sefton - 7 confirmed cases.
►  Liverpool - 18 confirmed cases.
►  Wirral - 10 confirmed cases.
►  Knowsley - 4 confirmed cases.
►  St. Helens - 3 confirmed cases.
►  Lancashire - 30 confirmed cases.
►  Blackpool - 5 confirmed cases.
►  Wigan - 9 confirmed cases.
►  Warrington - 4 confirmed cases.
►  Cheshire West and Chester - 10 confirmed cases.
►  Cheshire East - 11 confirmed cases.
►  Trafford - 19 confirmed cases.
►  Salford - 12 confirmed cases.
►  Bury - 11 confirmed cases.
►  Bolton - 15 confirmed cases.
►  Manchester - 28 confirmed cases.
►  Stockport - 24 confirmed cases.
►  Tameside - 21 confirmed cases.
►  Oldham - 15 confirmed cases.
►  Rochdale - 13 confirmed cases.
►  Blackburn with Darwen - 1 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of  21/03/2020.

See archived update pages from:-

21 March 2020
20 March 2020
19 March 2020
18 March 2020
17 March 2020

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