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COVID-19 tests for Sefton residents who DON’T have coronavirus symptoms

Sefton residents who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms can now use Liverpool test sites to get a coronavirus test.

Test are currently available at:

  • Aintree Baptist Church, Longmoor Lane L9 0EH
  • Exhibition Centre Liverpool King’s Dock, Port of Liverpool, L3 4FP
  • Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium, Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH

Sites are open from 7am to 7pm and you don’t need an appointment.

Find out how to get a test. 

People can expect to get their results between 30 minutes and 2 hours after getting tested. They will receive their results by text or email soon after leaving the test centre.

Anyone whose result to the symptom-free test come back positive must self-isolate straight away and book a PCR test via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

People who don’t have symptoms should not go to any test sites apart from the ones shown above as they put themselves at risk of catching the COVID-19 virus.

People who do have the coronavirus symptoms of:

  • a high temperature,
  • a new continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

should isolate and book a test online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Joint statement from Metro Mayor, City Mayor and Leaders of the six Liverpool City Region Local Authorities on being in Tier 2 restrictions

“Today’s announcement that the Liverpool City Region will exit the national lockdown into Tier 2 is welcome news and a testament to the sacrifice and reliance of everyone who lives here. We’d like to thank each and every person that helped us to achieve this outcome.

“When we entered Tier 3 restrictions seven weeks ago, we were in a very dangerous situation. We had the highest transmission rates in the country and faced the very real risk that our NHS would be overwhelmed.

“We are really pleased that today we see a more encouraging picture, with cases down by over two-thirds since their peak and COVID related hospital admissions also decreasing significantly, relieving some of the pressure on ICU.

“The balance of evidence shows that although we faced a difficult decision over Tier 3, locally we took the right decisions, at the right time.

“We recognised that action was required, but also fought hard for the financial support for our businesses and workers most affected. We always have and always will try to do the best thing for our people and our businesses.

“However, while today’s announcement is undoubtedly welcome, no one should be in any doubt that many difficult months ahead lie ahead.

“We know that these new Tier 2 restrictions will still be tough for many of our businesses and, until a full vaccination programme has been rolled out, the threat from COVID remains a very real and present danger.

“So, we urge everyone to continue to do what they have been doing so well over the past few weeks: following the guidance, protect each other and protect our health services. The worst thing we could do now is to slow the progress we have made or risk a third wave through complacency.

“So please wear your face covering; keep your distance; wash your hands; keep getting tested; and use these hard-won freedoms wisely.”

Find out more about what being in Level 2 restrictions means.

Enjoy the festivities says Council leader as Christmas arrangements are announced

2020 has proved to be extremely challenging for everyone due to COVID-19.

Over the last nine months, residents have had to juggle home schooling, working from home, job losses, being furloughed, illness, worries, anxiety and, sadly, bereavements.

At the same time, our local businesses have had to close, adapt and operate with a host of new safety measures in place.

As we prepare to come out of a national lockdown, arrangements can now be made to spend time with family over the festive period. But, it’s important to remember that this won’t be a normal Christmas and things haven’t gone back to normal as the virus is still spreading in our communities.

The Government has agreed with the  other nations of the UK (Scotland, Ireland and Wales) a set of Christmas ‘rules’ to ensure a consistent approach for people to follow. They have announced that from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households;
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble;
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble;
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble;
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces;
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying;
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble;
  • people who are self isolating should not join a Christmas bubble.

In addition, when meeting your Christmas bubble you should take these measures to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • wash your hands frequently
  • clean touch points regularly, such as door handles and surfaces

If you are only visiting someone for a short time, you should:

  • keep socially distanced from anybody you do not live with as much as possible
  • make sure you let as much fresh air in as you can during a visit and after visitors have left, without getting cold, by opening windows and doors

When following these new rules, we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable. The full restrictions regarding Christmas arrangements can be found on the Government’s website.

Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher said: “It’s so important that we don’t undo all of the good work we’ve done over the last few months to get our figures down.

“COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person and I also know how hard it has been for family and friends who haven’t been able to see each other. We all want life to go back to normal, but we need to ensure that we follow the rules to keep our infection rates down and avoid the need for further (and tighter) restrictions being imposed on us.

We know that relaxing the rules means the virus grows, so please be sensible and enjoy the festivities safely.”

Council leader welcomes new £9.5 million fund for ‘forgotten businesses.

Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher has welcomed the new, £9.5 million Liverpool City Region fund to support ‘excluded and forgotten’ in retail and hospitality sectors.

Cllr Maher said: “We know businesses in Sefton’s hospitality sector have been hard hit by the Government’s COVID restrictions and this fund is an important potential new source of funding for some of those which have so far been overlooked by national schemes or previously haven’t been eligible.

“We will be announcing details of the new fund and how to apply very soon.”

Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the fund will be open to small and micro businesses in the, hospitality and leisure sectors, including some of those excluded from national support schemes like the self-employed, sole traders or home-based.

Local supply chain businesses in the sector are now also eligible for the first time and there will also be support for businesses in non-essential retail.

The funding is the latest round of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s £40 million COVID emergency fund which was first announced when the City Region was placed in increased Covid-19 restrictions in October.

The announcement comes as political leaders from across the North and London step up pressure on the Government to address the needs of the 3 million people still excluded from national Covid-19 support packages.

Cllr Maher added: “In his Spending review, we need to see the Chancellor Rishi Sunak need to  echo the City Region’s action by broadening the eligibility of businesses that qualify for national support schemes from which so many have been excluded.”

Announcing the funding Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, on behalf of the LCR Council Leaders and Mayors, said: “We are doing everything we can to protect as many local jobs and businesses as possible, who are under threat from the impact of Coronavirus.

“This latest round of local funding will be open to the sorts of small and micro businesses that have so far had to get by without any help from national government. Thousands of people depend on these businesses for their livelihoods and they are at the very heart of our communities.

“However, we remain deeply frustrated that, although we can now provide support for more businesses in the, hospitality and leisure sectors locally, we still do not have all the funds we need to support everyone excluded from national support schemes.

“It defies belief that almost 3 million hard-working people – childminders, booksellers, accountants, entertainers and many, many more – have been left without support since this pandemic started. These small business owners, freelancers and the self-employed showed the entrepreneurial spirit the Government so often calls for yet, when they need support most, the Government has not been there for them.

“So today we are calling on the Chancellor to right the injustice done to the 3 million excluded from support, when he delivers his spending review tomorrow.”

Detailed information on eligibility and the applications process will be released later this week by Sefton Council a and the six other City Region councils.

Council is supporting expansion of family-run Southport dairy

Sefton Council is supporting Bates Farms and Dairy Ltd to expand its business operations in Southport’s Birkdale area.

Subject to the Company obtaining planning permission, the Council will sell 0.75 acres of its freehold land at Broome Road to the Company. This will enable Bates’ to meet its need to create a larger yard for storage and existing delivery vehicles.

Cllr Marion Atkinson Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “By making this land available to Bates Dairy, the Council would be supporting the growth of a family firm that has been in Southport for over 80 years and which provides a milk delivery service to thousands of local people, while providing 104 jobs within the local community.

“The ability to expand on the site will help secure local employer Bates’ future in the town and will mean the Company can invest and grow.

“Plus, the extra space will mean fewer on-site vehicle movements, which will benefit local residents.”

Part of a 22-acre, Council owned site at former Isle of Wight Farm, the land is identified in the Local Plan as a possible area for housing. Bates’ proposals for a small part of that area include the erection of a single-storey unit. Requirements for the development would include the Dairy erecting acoustic fencing were needed and plans to deal with any resulting increase in surface water run-off.

Local residents would have an opportunity to have their say on the proposed expansion through the Council’s planning application process.

You can find the Sefton Council report here.

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