Stay COVID-19 vigilant at home as well as when your out warns Sefton Health Chief

Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health Margaret Jones is reminding people across the Borough that while they must take precautions to avoid contracting and passing coronavirus, they also need to remember to take care at home. Mrs Jones said she is reassured that coronavirus cases in Sefton are currently low but said that required vigilance by everyone is needed to maintain that situation. She said: “With Government’s recent reduction of restrictions, there has been a lot of focus on staying safe while out and about and there is no question that being mindful and considerate, maintaining safe distances and ...
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Safe re-openings for Sefton’s play areas now complete

Sefton Council has now completed the safe re-opening of its 100 play areas after they were closed as part of nationwide “lockdown” restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19. In line with Government guidance, the Council’s Green Sefton team has carried out risk assessments for each site and applied the guidance to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection. The inspections were also used to identify any faulty or damaged equipment, which was repaired, removed or disabled before re-opening. Just two play areas remain closed because equipment needs repair to make it safe. Children visiting play areas will have to be ...
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Information to help Sefton businesses report and manage COVID-19

Sefton Council is reminding the Borough’s businesses that Action Cards containing information about how to report and manage a potential COVID-19 outbreak are now available online. The Action Cards guide business owners and managers through the three steps of how to Identify, Report and Respond and are specific to each type of business or location. They have been designed to be printed or downloaded for businesses and organisations to keep on-hand and can be found at Advice about identifying a COVID-19 outbreak, reporting it and working with the local Health Protection Team to manage the response is included in the ...
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Bootle & Southport schemes among six new City Region cycling and walking routes

Work is set to begin this week on new walking and cycling infrastructure across the Liverpool City Region, including cycle routes through Southport town centre and between Bootle and Liverpool city centre. Most of the schemes are scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer, making it easier and safer for people to travel by foot or bike across the city region. The 23km of new pop-up cycle lanes and expanded footpaths will be supplemented by traffic calming measures and new secure bike storage. Since late March, there has been a surge in people cycling and walking for ...
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Ainsdale Beach parking charges to be re-introduced from Friday 7 August

From Friday, (7 August), Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team will be reintroducing charging for parking on Ainsdale Beach. The all-day charge for parking on Ainsdale beach is £8 and payments will be by cash only. Green Sefton Manager Mark Shaw said:  “Owing to a combination of the huge additional costs of supporting local people and organisations through coronavirus and a loss of most sources of income generation streams, Sefton Council is facing a significant funding shortfall. “Re-introducing payments for parking on the beach is one of the ways we can start to reduce those effects and generate income for local ...
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Grant funding support for Sefton Businesses

Council has started preparations to close its grant schemes to business. This follows the Government’s announcement to close all local authority grant support funds on 30th September. The schemes are part of the wider government business support response to the coronavirus outbreak. The final date to submit an application for a Small Business Grant or a Retail, Leisure & Hospitality Grants will be 16th August 2020. Businesses can apply online at https://forms.sefton.gov.uk/covid19businessform/ In a final call to help support businesses the Council is reopening its Discretionary Business Grant Fund. The fund has already paid out over £1.3 m to businesses ...
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Sefton will have region’s first two walk-through COVID-19 test centres, in Bootle & Southport

From Monday 10 August, people across Sefton Borough are expected to be able to benefit from two, walk-through Local Testing Sites for coronavirus. The first, located opposite Bootle Town Hall opened last week and the second, at Southport Town Hall, is now shceduled to open on Monday 10 August. The two sites, which are the first in Merseyside, will improve access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have coronavirus symptoms and should not travel by public transport. Each test Centre has between four and eight testing bays which can ...
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Local Testing Site for Southport- Updated Statement

One of the first Local Testing Sites in Merseyside will be in Southport. Southport Town Hall will host a walk-in test centre from 6th August. Some neighbouring businesses had expressed concern about the location of the test centre and in particular the exit and entrance to the Test Centre being within the One Stop Shop via Cambridge Arcade. Sefton Council have negotiated with the private sector providers working on behalf of the DHSC, and they have agreed to make some changes to the layout of the test centre, including how people enter and exit the building, which should address the ...
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Joint plea to public to continue to be sensible and respectful at Sefton’s beauty spots

A number of organisations across Sefton are joining forces to remind people to continue to be sensible and respectful if they choose to spend time outdoors during the warm weather. The agencies who make up the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership include Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Transport Police, HM Coastguard, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and other key partners. Today (04 August) the partnership launches a campaign covering many of the issues faced on the Sefton coast. Since restrictions were lifted allowing people to spend more time outside, we have seen a rise in ...
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Statement: Crosby Beach mass meditation event

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We received reports of an event having taken place at Crosby Beach where up to 500 people had taken part including swimming in the sea, and a ‘mass meditation’ on the beach. “We can understand that with its beauty and peacefulness, Crosby Beach would be seen as a great venue for a mass meditation. However, while we appreciate both the physical and mental health benefits such an event can bring for attendees, we do have some concerns about this event, and any future ones which may be planned. Water safety: Crosby Beach is not ...
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