Emergancy Notices - Liverpool City Region - Merseyside - 24 March 2020
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Sefton Area - Support during COVID-19
IF you need help for you or your
household, we recommend that you call Sefton Council on:- 0345
140 0845 or fill in Sefton Council's online form to ask for the
support you need and to get advice on where else you may be able
to access information and help. The Council will assess
your needs and pass your information to Sefton Council for
Voluntary Services (Sefton CVS) The Sefton COVID-19 Response
Programme is a borough wide volunteer programme operating across
Sefton, to ensure systems are in place to care for people and
communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. The programme is
coordinated by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) a
registered charity, working all year round to support a thriving
voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector in
Sefton, in partnership with Sefton Council.
To become Sefton COVID-19 Response Volunteer please follow this
► Seek help from people you know; eg:- family, trusted
neighbours and friends, or reputable charities, local advice
agencies and established faith organisations
► Only give cash to someone you know and trust and for a
specific purpose which you have agreed with them
► Do not give your bank card and PIN number to anybody
► Do not give personal health or care details to anyone unless
they are from the NHS or the Council and have a need to know
Useful Phone Numbers:-
► Police Non-Emergency:- 101.
► NHS Non-Emergency:– 111.
► Sefton Council Main Number - Switchboard:– 03451400845.
► Children's Social Care:– 01519343114.
► Adult Social Care:– 01704704389 (North)
► Adult Social Care:– 01515293761 (South)
► Sefton Security:– 01519344746.
► NHS South Sefton CCG:- 01513178456.
► NHS Southport and Formby CCG:- 01704395785
► Sefton Carers Centre Helpline:–
pleads with public to avoid chemists and instead get
prescriptions online amid COVID-19 lockdown
ON Monday, 23 March 2020, the UK Government advised the
British public to stay at home wherever possible, only
permitting people to leave their homes to for basic necessities,
such as medication. But Shamir Patel, founder and Pharmacist, at
Skelmersdale based Pharmacy,
Chemist 4 U, is urging people
to stay at home and order prescriptions; both new and repeat;
online, wherever possible.
Speaking about his appeal, Shamir told Southport Reporter:-
"In theory, the advice is that if you're well enough to do
so, and you're showing no Coronavirus symptoms, you can collect
medication from your local Pharmacy. Most Pharmacies should have
a 2 person in / 2 person out policy, but in practice, local
Pharmacies are under huge pressure. We are being overrun with
requests for medication; in 1 day alone, we dispensed 2,000
prescriptions; an unprecedented level. We answered over 400
calls, 600 messages and 50 'Ask the Pharmacist' questions. We
are simply being inundated, we have long queues and people are
putting themselves at unnecessary risk. It needs to stop; we
understand that people are worried about the availability of
their medication, but it would massively ease the pressure on
community Pharmacies if people simply signed up with an online
Pharmacy. Our online arm of Chemist 4 U is infinitely more
capable of dealing with a sustained level of high demand. It's a
very simple process to register online, it takes just two
minutes. Then when you need medication, you request it as normal
from your GP. Once your GP signs it off, the Pharmacy will deal
directly with them to get everything in place and send it to
your door. This eases pressure and ensures patients' safety, as
they can do all of this from the comfort of their home. In cases
where people can't phone up their surgery or where their surgery
doesn't allow the Pharmacy to request on behalf of the patient,
they will need to use the NHS app to request their
Speaking on the subject of stockpiling, Shamir continued:-
"Pharmacies and suppliers have enough provisions to last for
months, so there's no need to panic, it's currently a calm
situation. But with that being said, it is a good idea for
people, especially elderly or those at higher risk; to ensure
that they have enough medication in case they need to stay at
home for prolonged periods of time. For those who don't have
access to the internet, they should ask friends or family to
help them sign up online."
SEFTON Local Pharmaceutical Committee
represents community pharmacy contractors
(Owners) in Sefton.
Details for some of the borough's
pharmacies are below:-
49-51 Stuart Road
0151 928 1457
Bispham Road Pharmacy
94 Bispham Road
01704 506 006
Cambridge Road Pharmacy
137 Cambridge Road
01704 227 065
164 Rufford Road
01704 229 120
Formby Health Rooms & Pharmacy
81-83 Liverpool Road
01704 835 500
69 Randall Drive
0151 476 0007
Fylde Road Pharmacy
117 Fylde Road
01704 509 509
91 Queens Road
01704 538 500
139 Roe Lane
01704 228 150
87-89 Liverpool Road South
0151 520 3042
St Marks Pharmacy
St Marks Church, 42 Derby Road
01704 533 369
Woolleys Internet Pharmacy
84 Bispham Road
01704 777 814
24 Station Road
0151 526 1805
36-38 The Esplanade
New Strand, Bootle
0151 922 6282
NSPCC says:- "The lockdown could impact
on child protection!"
NSPCC has commented on how the closure
of Schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown could
impact on child protection. Anna Edmundson, NSPCC Head of
Policy, said:- "The entire way we think about child
protection has changed in a matter of days and it is encouraging
how the Government has recognised the effects this crisis could
have on children at risk of abuse and neglect. It's now
important Schools have the guidance they need to safely look
after children at this difficult time, including on how social
distancing is implemented. To also ensure all children at home
are safe, Government must support Local Authorities, NHS and the
Police to work with Schools and Teachers in new ways to ensure
no child falls through the gaps. We can all play our part in
this as well by checking in with families however we can and
reaching out for support and advice if we have any concerns for
a child's wellbeing."
FSB launches #ThinkSelfEmployed campaign as
Government falls short on Coronavirus support for self employed!
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has
launched a campaign calling on the Government to provide the
support self employed people need to get through the Coronavirus
crisis. Despite a raft of measures to aid small businesses and
their employees there has been very little support provided for
the 4.9 million self employed, which contribute over ₤275
billion to the economy. "We cannot afford to let them down as
they face this unprecedented national emergency" says the FSB.
FSB has been instrumental in pushing the Government for greater
support for this growing number of workers, involved in high
level discussions in Westminster and, now, launching #ThinkSelfEmployed
to fight for a better deal.
Michael Sandys, FSB Merseyside and Cheshire's Area Leader for
Liverpool City Region, said:- "FSB is urging its members,
FSB staff, family members and everyone else to post a video or
an image from home with a message telling the Government that
they need to #ThinkSelfEmployed and provide greater support to
help the self employed get through this Coronavirus crisis. On
Sunday the Prime Minister said the Government will be standing
behind the UK's army of self employed, but they have been
excluded from the commitment to pay 80% of earnings. Right now
they just feel they have been left behind. Time is running out
to get this practical and easily accessible support up and
How to support:- #ThinkSelfEmployed
Here are some example tweets:-
"The Government has brought in measures to protect small
businesses and their employees. They now need to #ThinkSelfEmployed
and announce a package of support for these 4.9 million self
"The UK's 4.9 million self employed contribute more than ₤275bn
to the economy and they support now more than ever. I am calling
on the Government to #ThinkSelfEmployed and announce a package
of measures that back these workers."
"I am 1 of the UK's army of self employed. I need the Government
to #ThinkSelfEmployed and support me and all of the other 4.9
million self employed!"
If you want to post a selfie video, here are some tips:-
1. Film in a quiet / soundproof room so the audio is of good
quality with little background noise.
2. Place or balance your phone on a table/use a tripod so the
video isn't shaky.
3. Avoid back lighting, have the light source to the side of you
or behind you.
Liverpool's City Libraries Close
City Council closed all of
the City's Libraries on Monday, 23 March 2020, with immediate
effect. The decision has been taken to ensure the health and
wellbeing of both the public and members of staff. The book loan
period has been indefinitely extended so that people who
currently have books on loan will not accrue fines. Library
users are encouraged to make the most of the free eReading
service which allows people to download books, audiobooks,
magazines and comics to phones, tablets or e-readers. These can
be accessed by downloading a free app.
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible
for Libraries, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "This isn't
a decision we have taken lightly as we know that our libraries
and archives provide a cherished service for many of our
residents both young and old. However, we need to do everything
we can to protect both citizens and staff. These are
unprecedented times and we ask for understanding around the
difficult decisions that the City Council, and organisations and
businesses across the City are having to make."
To find out more about eReading; visit:-
All 19 libraries will be closed. These are:-
► Allerton Library.
► Breck Road Community Library.
► Central Library.
► Childwall Library.
► Croxteth Library.
► Dovecot Community Library.
► Fazakerley Community Library.
► Garston Library.
► Kensington Library.
► Lee Valley Library.
► Norris Green Library.
► Old Swan Library.
► Parklands Library.
► Sefton Park Library.
► Spellow Library.
► Toxteth Library.
► Walton Library.
► Wavertree Library.
► West Derby Library.
If there are any queries about the closures, or the eReading,
members of the public can call:- 01512333069. The home delivery
service to the over 70's will continue. Requests to register for
this can be made by ringing:- 01512332796. Last week, all
Schools in the City shut and the decision was made to close:-
Lifestyles Centre, Walton Soccer Centre, Wavertree, Speke and
Kirkdale One Stop Shops and Civic Buildings including:- St
George's Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, Croxteth Hall.
RSPCA provides emergency service during
still providing help to
thousands of animals across England and Wales. The RSPCA is
providing an emergency only service to animals through the
Coronavirus crisis in the wake of Government advice. The animal
charity which has a team of frontline Officers, 17 animals
centres, 4 wildlife centres, including:- Stapeley Grange, in
Cheshire, and 4 animal Hospitals across England and Wales, has
reassured animal lovers they will still be dealing with
Chief executive, Chris Sherwood, said:-
"Despite most of
the country staying at home there are still animals which need
our help and I'm so incredibly thankful for frontline Officers
helping animals in emergency situations, our Hospital workers
for providing emergency treatment and our centre staff and
volunteers who are giving love and affection to the hundreds of
animals in our care. We've taken steps to make sure that we are
dealing with emergency cases only so we can play our part in
stopping the spread of this virus and safeguard our staff and
volunteers. We rely on the public's help and we would ask them
to only call our helpline in an emergency and visit our website
for all other enquiries."
The RSPCA has a team of
frontline Officers working around the clock across England and
Wales to deal with emergency only cases. Our Officers are
wearing protective clothing, regularly handwashing before and
after handling animals, avoiding entering premises and asking
people to bring animals to the door where appropriate and
keeping their vans clean. They are sanitising their hands
whenever they leave their vehicles.
► 24 hour rescue line... Each year the RSPCA answers more
than a million calls from the public concerned about animals.
Please only call in the event of an emergency. For everything
else please look on our website as there is lots of information
on there. Those calling with emergencies please be patient, as
despite contingency planning, we have fewer people available to
► Animals centres... The RSPCA has 17 nationally run
animal centres. These are now closed to the public and we have
paused rehoming and fostering and will resume as soon as it is
safe. Staff and volunteers will be focusing on giving love and
attention to the hundreds of animals in our care.
► Animal Hospitals... Our 4 Animal Hospital teams in:- London,
Birmingham and Manchester are still working to help emergency
cases of sick and injured animals, prioritising our animals
rescued by frontline staff, but also providing services to our
clients on an appointment only basis.
► Wildlife Centres... Our four wildlife centre teams are
still working around the clock to help rehabilitate and release
sick and injured wild animals. Our centres are not open to the
public. If you find a sick or injured wild animal please contact
our emergency line:- 0300 1234 999. If you've found a baby
animal which appears to be orphaned there's also advice on our
► Branches... There are over 150 RSPCA branches,
registered charities in their own right, which are part of the
RSPCA family running vital clinics, re-homing centres and
Centres and shops have closed to the public. Please check their
websites, social media channels for details of any emergency
services they may be operating. Chris added:- "We know
these are really worrying times for everyone and I hope hearing
that we are still helping animals is a little piece of good
news. We know many people will be financially worse off as a
result of this crisis but if anyone is in a position to make a
donation to help our services continue we would really
To help the RSPCA continue helping animals in emergency need of
care please donate on our website, by mobile, or call our
donation line on:- 0300 123 8181.
Sore support needed for the self employed
SEFTON Central MP
Bill Esterson called on the Government to provide extra support
for the self employed through the Coronavirus crisis. The MP
said if the Government wanted people to stay at home through the
pandemic in order to slow the spread of the virus, they would
have to provide more income security. As pubs, clubs and Schools
were forced to close and people were urged to stay 2 metres
apart, Mr Esterson said the package of measures announced to
support workers; which included paying 80% of the wages of
workers who would otherwise be laid off; needs to apply to self
employed workers as well as employees. He said:- "In
Norway the self employed will receive 80% of their average pay
from the last 3 years. The Government here must do something
While Mr Esterson welcomed the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's promise
of cash grants for businesses, support for payroll costs, and
mortgage and loans holidays for borrowers, he said workers and
businesses needed to know how they would get hold of the cash as
soon as possible, so they were financially secure.
In Parliament last week, the MP and Shadow Business Minister
told the Commons:- "Letting many people get into rent or
mortgage arrears or asking businesses to take on debt are not
the answers. They are just going to make the crisis worse; and
longer. Every business, every employee, every self employed
person and everybody in the third sector needs to know that
their living costs will be covered."
The previous day, the MP told the Commons:- "The Minister
will know that many people are really worried about the
financial impact of self-isolation, whether they are sick or
not. He has mentioned sick pay a few times and the alternatives
of Universal Credit and ESA, but those sums simply will not pay
the rent or the bills, or put food on the table. The Minister
also mentioned the speed at which action is needed and how much
faster his Department is having to react then normal. If it
takes till next week to put in place legislation, many more
people will have not taken action to protect themselves and
everybody else. Action is needed now and people need the money
Mr Esterson said if incomes were not guaranteed, it would be
difficult for some workers to follow the Government's advice to
self-isolate. He said:- "If we are to reassure people
across the country to take the actions recommended by the
Government, and rightly spelled out by the Minister, we must
also give them the financial assurance that they can do so. I
will give some case studies. The bus driver in London who
believes that he has Coronavirus symptoms is still going to
work, because sick pay would not be enough money to put food on
the table, let alone cover the ₤1,200 in rent that he pays every
month. He cannot afford not to work. The reflexologist who works
in a care home now cannot go to work because she is a visitor.
The dog kennel owner is not going to get any dogs to look after.
Their income is gone. The tutor has lost all of her income."
He added later in the debate:- "1 of my constituents made
the point that he is staying at home, observing advice from
Government but not able to earn his weekly wage. Another
of my constituents, a nurse, asked me to raise the situation of
principal carers who live with somebody in a vulnerable group.
What is the advice for her? The example she gives is her son,
who cares for his wife, who has a chronic respiratory disease.
She is 26, but with that disease she is clearly in one of the
highest risk groups. She cannot work and does not leave the
house, but what is he supposed to do? He is still going to work,
but with great anxiety, because he might catch the disease and
pass it on to her. They have a mortgage and they need his
income. Those are real world examples. We have all heard them
from our constituents and from others around the country, and
they show why action has to be immediate. I have mentioned the
self employed and freelancers, small firms and people on zero
hours contracts. The support just is not there. If someone is
employed and they qualify, the ₤94.25 a week they get is not
enough. Universal Credit is not enough. Are the Government
looking at what the TUC has said about a real living wage and
what Members have said about a universal basic income for a
limited period? We need to redefine what we mean by sick pay. It
is not just whether someone is sick; it is whether they are in
danger of becoming sick and infecting other people. It is about
giving financial reassurance and making up for the lost jobs,
the livelihoods that are at risk and the contracts that have
gone in whatever sector of the economy, for as long as it takes.
Only the Government can intervene, and if we do not get this
right, it will be so much worse for the health of us all and for
the economy. The Government say that they will do whatever it
takes that is the 3 word slogan of the moment.
"Whatever it takes"
means giving every single person in this country the financial
security they need right now to ensure that they can protect
themselves, their families and the rest of us."
Important message for Partner Employers
from Runshaw College
"WE recognise that the recent
announcements made by the Government in response to the COVID-19
pandemic will lead to very challenging times for employers and
apprentices. On 23 March 2020, the UK Government published The
Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19 which provides
information and specific support for employers, training
providers and apprentices. The Frequently Asked Questions
section covers a wide range of possible scenarios which you may
find helpful. During the weeks and months ahead, Runshaw College
will continue to make regular contact with our apprentices and
their employers to ensure that, wherever possible, learning is
able to continue throughout this highly unusual period. If any
of your current apprentices are being trained by Runshaw staff
and you would like to discuss the potentially changing
circumstances of any/all of your apprentices with us, please
contact the Assistant Principal Martin Rigby. For queries not
covered by the Government guidance, you can contact the
Apprenticeship Helpline by telephone:- 0800150600 or by
email. With very best wishes to
you all during this extremely challenging and unsettling
period." Simon Partington, Principal, Runshaw College.
England Golf:- "Clubs, courses and facilities must close"
"FOLLOWING on from the Prime Minister's statement of 23
March 2020, golf clubs, courses and facilities in England must
now close. It is England Golf's position that this deeply
regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible course of
action must be implemented with immediate effect and be
maintained until further notice. The Government has identified
an urgent need to introduce new restrictions on public life and
on non-essential businesses opening their doors. This has been
done to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and relieve the
growing pressure on our National Health Service. Keeping golf
courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated
policy of Government which is designed to save lives in a time
of national emergency. The health and wellbeing of the nation is
the only consideration that matters at this moment in our
history. These are incredibly testing times for the country. The
golf industry cannot be shielded from the economic and social
ramifications caused by this temporary shutdown of normal life.
We would like to assure the golfing community that England Golf
staff will continue to work remotely with all affiliated
golfers, clubs and counties to try and minimise the damage
caused by this suspension of regular golf club life. We will
continue to signpost clubs and counties to the latest Government
advice and schemes designed to help the economy cope with the
disruption caused by Coronavirus." England
Coronavirus - Car MOTs as 'essential
service' during lockdown to be reviewed
lorries, buses and trailers has been suspended, whilst testing
for cars is under review by the Government. Car insurance expert
at Confused.com Alex Kindred says:- "Some people are still
relying on their car to carry out essential work or pick up
essential items. But what happens if our MOT has run out and the
garage is closed? Until we receive official guidance from the
Government, we're in a confusing predicament where we don't know
what is allowed or not. If your MOT has expired, then it's
illegal to drive, unless we're told otherwise. If MOTs are
allowed to continue then it's likely they will be in high
demand, with some garages across the country closing down
temporarily. To avoid leaving it to late, we have an MOT checker
to find out when it runs out, and book it in in plenty of time.
In the meantime, there are some simple checks you can do whilst
you're at home to increase your chances of passing 1st time."
Covid-19 lockdown - Charity issues
essential advice for pet owners
WITH lockdown now in
place pet owners across the UK are either social distancing or
self isolating and will be spending at least the next 3 weeks
inside their homes. Blue Cross is looking at the impact this
will have on the nation's pets and their owners during this
unsettling time and is offering essential advice and answering
the many questions on pet owners minds.
Those social distancing can still take
their dog for a walk and exercise once a day but they MUST keep their distance
from other people by at least 2 metres. However, if self isolating because they,
or a member of their household, has had signs of the disease they should not go
out at all. Someone from outside of the household may have to take their dog out
for them. Owners can ask friends, neighbours or family members if they can help
and there are also increasingly numbers of community groups offering to walk
dogs and pick up essential pet supplies. Affected owners can check local media
and social media to find someone in their area. Volunteer dog walkers should use
their own dog lead or disinfect the owner's lead.
It is important pet owners wash their hands
after handling their pets, and if unwell and self isolating it is also a good
idea to avoid other people stroking and handling their pets.
If pets aren't getting their usual amount
of exercise it is important owners make up for this to keep pets healthy and
mentally stimulated. The charity has some tips for pet owners while they are
spending more time at home:-
to play with toys and treats by hiding them around the home or playing fetch
(make sure toys are soft to avoid damaging any household items) and even play
hide and seek with pets and other family members; especially fun for children at
home while Schools are closed too. Don't forget if playing with pets using extra
treats you may need to reduce the amount they have for their daily meal.
► Your dog might also enjoy a game of tug
with a favourite toy, make sure these are controlled games and your pet
understands that when you put their tuggy toy down it is time to stop. Pets can
also be kept busy by having their food via a kong or activity toy.
► Cats will benefit from having scratch
posts, climbing apparatus and chase toys and many also enjoy playing with toys
such as feather wands and balls. While at home, all the family can take some
time out to have a few minutes of regular playtime with their cat – fun for both
cats and their owners.
► Hide biscuits or food parcels in a
cardboard box filled with shredded paper or a cleaned out yoghurt drink pot for
pets to bat about to release the food.
► Being at home could also be a time to
continue pet training; even cats can be trained using a clicker device where
they understand a reward is coming for an act they are doing when asked by their
► If pets are becoming a distraction while
trying to work from home and to avoid them becoming too clingy (potentially
leading to dogs suffering from separation anxiety when their owners go back to
work) it is a good idea to pop them in another room to rest for periods during
the day. Owners may also benefit from putting pets in another room if using
Skype or phone meetings to avoid pets being a distraction.
► Cats who usually spend the day outdoors
exploring may prefer to stay in with their owners instead. Owners can encourage
their cat to go outside by going into the garden themselves and let them follow
and see if they will jump onto fences or into trees to keep them active.
Pet owners regularly using hand sanitizer
should remember that many cleaning products are toxic to pets and it is best to
avoid stroking and handling your pets straight after using sanitizers. When
cleaning, remember that pets should be kept away from areas being disinfected
until completely dry and prevent pets going near cleaning buckets and cleaning
products. Cats in particular will lick their paws and fur almost immediately if
they feel unclean and such products can potentially burn their mouth, tongue or
Find out the situation with your vet
practice and where emergency treatment is being offered. Some vet practices are
offering routine and non-urgent consultations remotely and any medication needed
prescriptions via email to order online.
Blue Cross is offering free Coronavirus
update emails for latest news and tips about keeping pets healthy and mentally
stimulated with easy to make games and play ideas during the Covid-19 outbreak.
BlueCross.Org.UK to find out more and sign up.
UK is on Lockdown. Prime Minister
Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Coronavirus
AS of today, funeral services at the
City's 3 public crematoria (Springwood, Anfield and Myrtle) will
only be able to accommodate a maximum of ten people at the
The City Council's Register Office will continue to honour
religious observances for funerals.
The Register Office has also ceased conducting weddings and
civil ceremonies until further notice to comply with
restrictions announced by the Prime Minister, last night.
Couples who need to cancel or rearrange the date of their
ceremony should do so
online or via
email them with their
names, date and place of the ceremony and contact telephone
General enquiries should be sent to:-
with name, telephone number and and email address.
Liverpool City Council has introduced a wide range measures to
limit the spread of the Coronavirus, closing all leisure
centres, one stop shops, libraries and casual markets and is
urging people to use council services by going
online or by calling:- 0151 233 3001.
The council is also coordinating 50 School hubs across the City
to support people identified as key workers, so that their
children can continue to go to School.
Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson, has today welcomed the response
for his call to create a community army of volunteers to help
the most vulnerable during the crisis. A volunteer hotline was
created last Thursday and more than 2,000 people have now
registered to help with tasks ranging from delivering medicines
to helping at the City's Foodbanks.
Joe Anderson said:- "1 of the unfortunate and sad outcomes
of the Coronavirus pandemic is that the Government's new stay at
home guidelines mean we have to change how we do funerals and
weddings. The issue of numbers of people allowed to attend
funerals has required a lot of thought because we all appreciate
how emotionally sensitive these occasions are. Given the size of
our crematoriums it was felt that 10 people would be manageable
under the social distancing guidelines and allow families to
identify the most immediate relatives or closest friends of the
deceased. In terms of weddings and civil ceremonies it's clear a
lot of couples have taken the matter into their own hands
already with many postponing them to the autumn. However, for
any planned that were over the next 3 weeks will need to be
rescheduled. Our staff at the Register Office are brilliant and
I know they will support couples as best they can to navigate
this unfortunate situation for them. We know the Coronavirus is
going to challenge us all, as families, individuals and
organisations. The City Council is trying its upmost to ensure
some kind of normality can continue and judging by how people in
this City are already responding be it at our School hubs,
foodbanks and new volunteer programme I've every confidence in
our collective ability to pull through."
People can call the volunteer hotline on:- 0151 233 3068 or can
sign up online via Liverpool City Council's
For the latest information and advice, Liverpool City Council
has also set up an online portal -
and dedicated social media feeds at:-
Ofcom - Coronavirus
"THIS is an unprecedented time for our
country, and keeping communications going across the UK has
never been more important. Over the next few months Ofcom's
sectors will play a vital role in supporting families,
businesses and individuals as we all adapt the way we live, work
and communicate in the wake of the Coronavirus.
Over the past few weeks the industries we regulate have been
coming together to support the British public and the economy,
and to keep the nation connected. Telecoms providers are working
to ensure resilience across landline, broadband and mobile
services as the demands on networks increase, as well as
prioritising access to safety of life communications systems.
Some telecoms providers have also taken specific steps to
support their customers, such as providing unlimited calls or
increased data allowances. Broadcasters have been adapting their
schedules to maintain high quality content to entertain and
inform the public, and to ensure accurate and high quality news.
Postal providers are working hard to ensure continued delivery,
particular to vulnerable customers.
Ofcom welcomes these efforts. With our colleagues in Government
we have been supporting them actively and will continue to do so
in the coming weeks. We also recognise that they take place
against a backdrop of significant operational and financial
challenges for our industries, as a result of the Coronavirus.
Many people employed in our sectors have been designated as key
workers; including:- telecoms engineers, broadcasters and
journalists, and postal workers. We extend our thanks and
support to them as they work to keep the nation's communications
Keeping vital networks resilient
As a large proportion of the population works from home and
Schools have closed, industry has been working closely with us
and Government to ensure that the networks remain resilient and
continue to operate effectively.
Telecoms providers are working together to monitor traffic on
their networks and are keeping us informed of the measures they
are taking to manage congestion effectively. We welcome the
measures taken by content providers and streaming services to
adapt their services where possible, so that loads on networks
are spread across the day and peaks in traffic are reduced. We
will continue to work closely with the Government and industry
to help support network resilience in the coming weeks.
The reliability of:- 999 and 111 calls is a critical priority.
Under Ofcom's existing rules, phone companies must ensure that
emergency calls can be connected at all times, even in
challenging circumstances. We are in contact with those
responsible for connecting:- 999 and 111 calls and have received
detailed assurances on the capacity and resilience of both
Our approach to regulation through this period...
The priority for our sectors through the coming months is to
maintain support for consumers and businesses. We recognise that
our planned work programme will need to be adapted and
rescheduled so that our stakeholders can focus their time and
effort on business critical matters. We are also ready to adapt
our regulatory approach during this period.
Ofcom consulted on our proposed Plan of Work for 2020/21 in
January. We will publish a revised version at the end of April
that takes account of the Coronavirus crisis and provide a
revised timetable for our work. However, we can confirm in
► With immediate effect, we are
suspending all existing consultation deadlines and information
requests and putting on hold new consultations, decisions and
► Ofcom understand that the
implementation of new obligations may need to be delayed.
Specifically, we are discussing with Government the
implementation deadlines of the European Electronic
► At the same time, Ofcom needed to
ensure markets operate with integrity, and measures to ensure
fairness for customers remain important. Accuracy in
broadcasting is essential, and we will expedite any standards
enforcement cases involving potentially harmful broadcast
content relating to the Coronavirus.
► Ofcom will take a pragmatic approach
to enforcement during this time. Compliance with regulatory
obligations continues to be important. However, we recognise
that the impact of the Coronavirus means that it will not always
be possible to meet these obligations. In such circumstances,
industry should take decisions that support critical services,
vulnerable people and those who are relying on communications
services. We will support those decisions where they are in the
interests of consumers and businesses.
The current situation has confirmed the vital role of our
industries, and we are conscious that we need to be ready to
support our sectors in being ready for the future as the country
comes out of the crisis. Investment in fibre and 5G connections
will remain of critical importance. Our review on promoting
investment and competition in fibre networks and the 5G auction
are important building blocks for this.
Ofcom's planned contribution on the future of public service
broadcasting also remains a priority for us, as does the
regulation of video sharing platforms which we will begin from
Summer 2021. We will continue to support the Government as it
develops an approach to the regulation of online harms.
Over the coming weeks we will continue to engage with our
stakeholders, and with Government, so that we can understand the
best way to take these areas of work forward, and to ensure that
we remain abreast of any new issues.
Ofcom will remain in close contact with our sectors over the
coming weeks, so that we can respond quickly to any new
developments. For example, we have already written to all
broadcasting licensees directly with more detailed advice, and
we are working with industry and the Government to make sure
telecoms customers stay connected, are supported if they are
struggling financially and are protected from unexpectedly high
Apart from our dedicated teams of engineers and technicians who
play a vital role in keeping the airwaves safe and functioning,
everyone at Ofcom is now working from home in line with
Government advice. However, we remain open for business in the
usual way. Please contact us by email, or get in touch with
specific contacts by phone as appropriate."
MP Bill Esterson has urged people to stay 2
metres apart to stop the spread of Coronavirus
AS visitors flocked
to the Sefton coast over the weekend, the Sefton Central MP
spoke out and asked people to:- "stay at home."
In a video message, the MP said:- "Friends of mine have
family in Northern Italy. They describe the desperate situation
in the health service there. That people can only go to the
supermarket every 10 days and when they do its only 4 people in
the shop at any one time and everybody else has to stand 2m
apart in the queue outside. We're going to see these situations
here very soon. That's why it's essential we take measures now,
wash our hands, keep 2 metres apart. When we bump into somebody
we stay 2 metres apart, if we stop for a chat, and we don't go
into the shop if we're sick; we get someone else to go for us.
Staying off public transport matters too, for public sector
workers who need to go to work."
The MP later tweeted a video of an Italian Mayor walking the
streets of his Town urging people to go home. "I am
tempted to copy this and stand in the Town Centres, in Formby,
Crosby and Maghull and do this. Go home and stay there unless
you have to be out. Stay safe!!!"
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
IN the UK, as fatalities rise by
87 to 422, including 1 confirmed death in Wirral. The number
of COVID-19 infections has risen by 1,427 in just a day, to
8,077, the Department of Health said. In England, there are
a total of 6,843 confirmed cases. North West - total of 593
confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases within the
following local authorities are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 41 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 13 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 15 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 8 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 8 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 71 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 18 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 25 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 41 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 42 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 31 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 11 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 19 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 24 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 17 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 32 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 34 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 2 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
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