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Sefton’s Public Health Director urges residents not to party hard ahead of new COVID restrictions

Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has appealed to Sefton residents to show restraint and not to ‘party hard’ before new coronavirus restrictions are introduced from Tuesday. Mrs Jones said:“Of course, with this news of next week’s further restrictions some people will be tempted to go out over the weekend and celebrate before they kick in but I would urge them not to as they could be putting themselves and their vulnerable relatives at risk. Risk “As people party more, they tend to become less inhibited and can forget the need for social distancing, mask wearing and frequent ...
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Council leader responds to new COVID restrictions for Merseyside

Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher has responded to today’s news that the Government has announced new restrictions for Merseyside Sefton from Tuesday 22 September,  in the light of rising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the City Region. Cllr Maher said: “I know people will be concerned at this news but with infection rates rising in people of all ages across our communities, it is important that we all make every effort to restrict the spread of the virus and these new measures will support that. “This means not socialising with other people outside of their own households or ...
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Care home visits to be limited to protect most vulnerable from growing COVID cases

Sefton Council, along with authorities across Merseyside, is asking care homes to limit interactions with people from outside who may be carrying coronavirus owing to the significant increases in COVID-19 confirmed cases across the region. Protecting the Borough’s most vulnerable residents has been a priority for Sefton Council since the start of the pandemic, which is why it has written to care home managers and owners instructing them to limit visits. The following visits can continue but will be review on a weekly basis. Essential visits by health professionals Visits from families and relatives to those residents who are receiving ...
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New coronavirus measures for Sefton school visitors

From today (Friday 18 September) adults visiting Sefton schools will be required to wear face coverings when visiting or entering the school premises. Also, just one adult will be able to enter the premises for drop-off and pick-up. Parents and carers dropping off or collecting their children are asked to arrive and leave promptly and not to congregate at the school gate or in the playground. And, school staff are being asked to wear face coverings when they come out onto the playground. With number of COVID-19 cases rising across the region, and Merseyside having been identified by the Government ...
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Council letters update Borough’s care sector & schools on COVID measures

Sefton Council and local authorities across the Liverpool City Region have written to the care sector including residential care home owners and managers to update them on measures required by the significant increases in COVID-19 confirmed cases across Merseyside. Letters have also been sent to schools setting out new requirements for visiting adults. The Government has placed the wider Merseyside area on the “area of concern watch list” meaning that our testing data is being reviewed daily by the Government and Public Health England and if increases continue, restrictions could be imposed. Therefore, to protect their vulnerable residents, Merseyside’s Councils ...
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Council working with HSE to make sure Sefton businesses are COVID-secure

Sefton Council has joined forces with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to build upon the work that has already been done to make sure the Borough’s businesses are COVID-secure. From Monday, to help tackle the spread of coronavirus spot checks will be carried out on businesses in the Borough to ensure they are managing their COVID-19 response and control measures in line with current government guidelines. Checks The HSE will be supporting the Council’s Environmental Health enforcement teams’ local efforts to help protect staff, customers and visitors from infection. Checks, in the form of phone calls and follow-up visits ...
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Residents can turn to ELAS scheme after Furlough ends

Residents across Sefton who find themselves in financial difficulty following the end of the Government's furlough scheme may be able to seek support from Sefton Council. The local authority's Emergency Limited Assistance Scheme (ELAS) is available to support local residents who are experiencing severe hardship, a disaster or emergency. Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: "We understand that when this scheme comes to an end there will be a number of people who will feel directly impacted and in need of temporary support. "If you need urgent help with the costs of food, winter ...
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High tides mean Ainsdale Beach Car Park closed Friday 18, Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September

Ainsdale beach car park will be closed  on Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September because of high tides. This is to prevent the risk of damage to vehicles parked on the beach ...
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Liverpool City Region and Cheshire Leaders Call for Urgent Deployment of Testing Capacity

Sefton Council leader Cllr Ian Maher today joined The Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region and the Leaders of four Cheshire Local Authorities in calling on the Government to urgently deploy more Covid-19 testing capacity in the region. Merseyside was last week identified by the Government as an ‘area of concern’, with Covid-19 cases rising across the region. An immediate increase in testing capacity is now urgently needed to protect the most vulnerable members of the community and avoid further local lockdowns, say the Leaders and Mayor. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region said: “Today we have come ...
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Sefton’s Public Health Director stresses coronavirus test are only for people with symptoms

With a recent survey of the country’s coronavirus testing sites showing a quarter of people turning up for tests did not have symptoms, Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has reminded residents they should only book a test of they have symptoms. Mrs Jones said: “Testing is a crucial tool in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 but with the capacity of labs to process tests currently facing an enormous challenge, people should not book a test unless they have symptoms or have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional. “People ...
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