Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-22

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AS This page is to place quick update important notices that are being sent to us from Government and other organisations over the Coronavirus Emergency affecting our country (UK)...  Please remember that the information changes quickly, so always check to see what time and when the last post was made.  We will update as and when we can...  Users of our Formby Reporter's Free Email Service will get most updates 1st and then they will be added on here as soon as we can...  If you have any updates to send in or any views on the posts on here, please email us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

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This page last updated on 22 May 2020

Death in Service

CARE England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will extend the life assurance scheme to care workers. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "Unfortunately this pandemic has taken the lives of many of our wonderful care staff. Care England wants to acknowledge the Government for making this scheme available to all care workers. This is a tangible way in which they have shown that they see health and social care as to interdependent systems, and they recognise the value of all health and care staff in whatever place they work."

Launched in April, the life assurance scheme was initially for health workers in the NHS and independent sector. As of yesterday, it has been extended to NHS support staff and social care workers. The scheme recognises the increased risk faced by staff during the crisis and covers corona virus related deaths of workers in frontline health and social care roles during the outbreak. A payment of ₤60,000 will be made to the estate of the eligible individuals who die from Coronavirus contracted during their frontline essential work. More information is available here.

Southport Air Show and British Musical Fireworks Championship Cancelled


DUE to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the UK and the impact that it is having, Sefton Council has been forced to take the difficult decision to cancel the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. The events will now return in 2021. Each year these flagship events attract visitors from all over the UK and generate millions of pounds for Sefton’s local economy, supporting local businesses.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says:- "Every autumn we welcome thousands of people to Southport to enjoy these two major events in the town; the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. However, as the latest Government guidance on the next stages of its Covid-19 response indicate, it will not be possible or responsible for large scale events to take place. We understand this news will disappoint a lot of people, but we all have to work hard to protect the health and the wellbeing of our communities, and the safety of everyone involved including:- visitors, exhibitors, traders, staff, contractors, and the many more who contribute and play a part in delivering these much loved events. These are the factors at the very forefront of our decision. We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year."


Dates for some of the key events taking place in Southport in 2021:-

Southport Food and Drink Festival - Friday, June 4 to Sunday, 6 June 2021.

Southport Air Show - Saturday, 3 July to Sunday, 4 July 2021.

British Musical Fireworks Championship - Friday 24 September to Sunday, 26 September 2021.

With lots of vast beaches and park space, Visit Southport has been urging people to continue to follow UK government advice. When it is again safe to do so it will ensure a warm welcome awaits visitors to Southport. To find out more about Visit Southport’s response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and to receive updates visit:- VisitSouthport.com. Please let us know if this has affected you, by emailing us at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

Active Sefton now holding a Virtual 5km Race

THIS weekend Active Sefton, who offer a host of sport and fitness activities, regardless of age or ability, will be holding their 1st ever Virtual 5km Race! A spokesperson said:- "On your marks, get set, go! From today you have 4 days to complete a 5km run or walk. Once you have completed the 5km, post a photo of yourself with your time and we collate the results, then award the winning male and female. We look forward to seeing your results and photos... Please Stay Safe and Good Luck!" To take part, all you have to do is simply complete the 5km, post photo of yourself and time on Active Sefton Facebook or Twitter Pages, by Tuesday, 26 May 2020, and they will then send out results. You can also email them your photo and time to:- Active.Workforce@Sefton.Gov.UK.

NSPCC Bluebell Walk goes virtual

NSPCC Alnwick's annual bluebell walk has taken a virtual twist this year, with the walk going live online for the 1st time ever.  The film, which will be premiered on the NSPCC Bluebell Walk Facebook page, on Sunday, 24 May 2020, will show a walk through Ratcheugh Crag and the Bluebells along with an exclusive talk from the Northumberland Estates Archivist, Chris Hunwick. The Bluebell Walk usually takes place on land owned by Northumberland Estates and by kind permission of the Duke of Northumberland, which opens exclusively for the walk, and raises thousands of pounds for the charity. This year, the virtual walk will encourage people to stay at home, while making sure people can still enjoy seeing the estate's marvellous views from anywhere in the world, and asking people to donate what they can. The film, which was filmed safely while observing social distancing, allowing the hundreds who enjoy the walk every year to attend the event in some capacity, as well as encouraging those with limited mobility to feel more involved.

Alnwick NSPCC Committee Chairman, Caroline Chrisp, said:- "The Bluebell Walk is spectacular, taking visitors through the amazing bluebells in the woods around Ratcheugh Crag before emerging at the Observatory to spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Northumberland coast. While people can't get out as easily, we want to bring the views to them through this fantastic virtual walk. The Bluebell Walk has also become a hugely important fundraiser for us, last year producing a record total thanks to generous donations by our visitors. Hopefully, even though this year's event is slightly different, supporters from the community will back the walk and help us support the NSPCC. Katy Carmen, Supporting Fundraising Manager for the NSPCC, said:- "This is a really difficult time for the NSPCC, as many of the events which have been planned months in advance have had to be cancelled. That's why we're so fortunate that the Alnwick Committee have stepped up and decided to try something new with their celebrated Bluebell Walk, meaning we can continue to support children with the funds raised."

Caroline added:- "We hope that when you view our film, you might feel able to make a donation, with all funds raised going direct to the NSPCC. Anything you feel able to give would be very much appreciated."

Childline recently announced its emergency appeal:- 'We're Still Here,' encouraging people to donate so that the service can continue to answer children who are feeling worried or scared. This comes after more than 1,700 counselling sessions were delivered to children concerned about Coronavirus in the 1st 3 weeks of April alone. Every penny raised by the Bluebell Walk means that more children can be answered in this time of need. The film will be premiered, at 10am, on Sunday, 24 May 2020, but it's advised to Like the page beforehand so you are notified as it goes live. For more information, contact Caroline Chrisp on:- 07753822427, or Prue Jackson on:- 07968739117.

National study has revealed 1 in 10 UK couples say lockdown has led them to plan a new baby

AFTER seeing the number of people who headed to its coastline this week, Sefton Council has adopted a new campaign ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend. 'Wish you weren't here!' is the Council’s spoof take on the picture postcard message it is sending to people thinking of travelling to its beaches from across the North West.

Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Ian Moncur said:- "It's not the message you expect to see on a postcard, or what Sefton Council would usually be telling the public, but at this time we need people to think about their own and others’ safety, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and Council staff. Our beaches are tempting, but they are not able to cope with high level of visitors at the moment. Beach car parks are closed and parking is limited. Public toilets remain closed, bins are not in use and there no Life Guard Patrols. Recently, data showed the Merseyside region as having a higher death rate than any other part of England and the rest of the North West, and it remains important that people stay home as much as possible and maintain the effort to reduce transmission of this dangerous virus."

Cllr Moncur added:- "We would also ask local people who are travelling to their nearby beaches to park considerately and ensure there is access for emergency vehicles at all times."

Sefton Council has asked people to continue being its eyes and ears and to report any large gatherings to the Police by dialling 101 or sending an email to:- GreenSefton@Sefton.Gov.UK.

Manchester Arena bombing victims remembered

EVEN in a pandemic, the victims of an Islamist extremist suicide bomber, have been remembered. On 22 May 2017, the US singer Ariana Grande had just finished a concert and as people were leaving the Manchester Arena, when the terrorist, Salman Abedi, detonated his homemade explosive device. The explosion left 22 people dead and over 800 others with physical and/or psychological injures. On Thursday, the singer, Ariana Grande, has already sent a heartfelt message to fans, writing on her Instagram page:- "I will be thinking of you all week and weekend."

Muslim comedians to come together for 'socially distant' show to mark Eid in lockdown

40 Muslim comedians from across the world are to come together for a 1 off online show to 'bring joy' to Muslims as they spend Eid away from friends and family. The event, organised by the Concordia Forum, will see acts from the UK, USA, Canada, and South Africa performing three minute sketches during a 2 hour live show to be streamed on Facebook, on Sunday, 24 May 2020.

The Concordia Forum, a global network of Muslim leaders, is putting on the event:- 'The Socially Distant Eid Comedy Night,' to bring joy to Muslims who are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr (the festival marking the end of Ramadan) alone or in isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Confirmed acts include:- Imran Yusuf; Tez Ilyas; Aizzah Fatima; Aatif Nawaz; Yaaseen Barnes; Bilal Zafar; Ehshaan Akbar; Yasmin Elhady; Salma Hindy; Abdullah Afzal; Atheer Yaqoub; Nabz Pat; Suhayl Essa; Feraz Shere; and Ismail Moses.

Muddassar Ahmed, chair of the Concordia Forum, said:- "This Ramadan has been particularly difficult for communities around the world. We’re proud to be pulling together some of the brightest Muslim comedic talent to entertain those celebrating the Eid festival at home, people looking to learn a little bit about Muslim culture, or really anyone in need of a good laugh."

Imran Yusuf, 1st Muslim to be nominated best newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, said:- "To beat the lockdown, we can safely celebrate Eid via the marvel of the internet. This show is a way to easily bring together more people to meet in cyberspace and have a laugh with comics from all over the world, a truly international stage beamed straight to you wherever you are with a decent broadband connection."

Barclays Bank is still not able to process some Bounce Back Loans


IN an email and txt sent out to those affected by the undisclosed 'issues' they said today:- "We know you tried to apply for a Bounce Back Loan and had problems and we're so sorry about this. While we've been able to process most Bounce Back Loan applications we've had, we know some have had problems or are taking longer than we'd like. We're working to fix the issues that you're having as quickly as we can. We know this isn't ideal and the loan is important to you. We'll be back in touch in the next few days with an update and actions we may need your help with. Thank you for bearing with us. We'll keep you posted as promised and come back to you as soon as we can with an update. Look out for our updates by email and text. Thank you for your patience." this statement was then signed off with "Your Barclays Business Team."

We would like to hear from any affected businesses. If you are affected, please let us know via emailing us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com, so that we can get a clear picture of what is going on and just how badly businesses are being affected by the 'issues.'

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

THE total number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 3,287 cases and the total number now stand at 254,195, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals. The daily number of laboratory confirmed UK cases is 146,662, as of Sunday,17 May 2020. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 36,393. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 351 according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a total of 147,745 confirmed cases. North West - total of 24,522 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,576 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 908 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,223 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 743 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 384 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,449 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,061 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,156 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,502 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,032 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 784 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,133 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 986 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 752 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 711 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 658 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,029 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 400 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 22/05/2020. Last updated 4.02pm GMT.. 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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