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Mobile Coronavirus Testing Centre in Maghull

A Mobile Testing Centre for Coronavirus is operating at Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th May.

Tests are available for symptomatic key workers such as local authority, health, care police, fire and prison staff as well as over-65s workers who are self-isolating because they are showing corona symptoms or because a household members is showing Coronavirus symptoms.

Anyone attending must have pre-booked an appointment by visiting and have an appointment before going to the site. The tests are not open to the wider public.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enable key workers who test negative to return to their life-saving work.

Sefton Council joins Merseyside message to stand strong on stay at home guidance

Sefton Council, along with local authorities across Merseyside, is calling for members of the public to remain vigilant and continue to stay home as much as possible, in light of national changes to the UK’s Coronavirus response.

The move comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an easing of the UK lockdown, due to the nation’s ‘R value’ (the reproductive number or rate of infection of the virus) dropping below one transmission per COVID-19 case.

According to data gathered by Merseyside Resilience Forum’s (MRF) Intelligence cell, this is not the case for the Merseyside region which has a significantly higher death rate than England and the rest of the North West.

Serena Kennedy, Chair of Merseyside Resilience Forum, said: “Local authorities across the MRF are united in this call for the public and partners to continue to follow the stay at home guidance, as much as is possible.

“While infections and deaths are reducing, it appears that we are not coming down the other side of the epidemic curve as fast as other areas and regions.

“Easing of lockdown does not mean that we are through the worst of this and as ever, the health and safety of our communities comes first.

“Right now, we need to do more than stay alert, we must all continue to stay at home where possible and do our bit to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, together.”

The latest Government guidance states that everyone must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “I am urging all Sefton residents to continue to follow the national guidance and stay at home wherever possible.

“Some people may interpret the relaxing of measures to mean things are going back to normal.

“In the ‘new normal’, we must continue to stay at home as much as possible, to keep our distance from others when out and about and, if we show any symptoms of Coronavirus, we must self-isolate.

“I’d like to thank all of you for your continued efforts to reduce the spread of the virus, which I know have come at great physical, emotional and financial cost for many. We must continue to stay strong with these measures to ensure that our most vulnerable are protected.”

Find the latest guidance. 

Council following Government guidelines on opening Green Sefton facilities

In line with the government’s new guidelines unveiled on Monday, Sefton Council has re-opened outdoor tennis and basketball courts.

People wishing to use tennis courts need to book online.

To minimise the chances of infection, the Council’s Green Sefton team is asking visitors to the coast and to parks to take their litter home with them. The Council is also asking people to continue being its eyes and ears and to report any large gatherings to the police by dialling 101 or to

Published by the government on Monday 11th May, the guidance, says that from today people can take more outdoor exercise and that outdoor sports facilities, including golf courses can start to open.

Golfers are being asked to remain patient as the Council works out measures to ensure the safety of players and staff as courses re-open. The Government guidance states that people should only use them alone, with members of their household, or with one other person from outside their household, while keeping two metres apart at all times. The Green Sefton team hopes to have Bootle Golf Course, and Southport Golf Links open during the week commencing Monday 18th May, and will update people when details are known.

A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “Having received guidance from the government on Monday, saying that it will allow outdoor sports facilities to open on Wednesday, the Council has been looking at how it can achieve this across the board as soon as possible.”

“Although allowing facilities such as golf courses to begin opening, the guidelines in Monday’s 50-page document show that the Government is still putting an emphasis on social distancing.”

“Ensuring the safety for players and staff at our courses remains paramount and our teams have been working on plans that will enable us to re-open as soon as possible while also focusing on ways in which we can ensure we are following the government’s new guidance.”

Children’s playgrounds, outdoor gyms, dog areas and pavilions and buildings in parks will remain closed, as will outdoor sport pitches for team games such as football and rugby. However, these can be used for sunbathing and picnics but no barbeques. Bowling greens will also remain closed for the time being.

Although people can visit the coast, these locations sites are not able to cope with high level of visitors at this time. Beach car parks at Ainsdale and Southport will not re-open in the short term and public toilets will also remain closed to ensure social distancing and the safety of cleaning staff that would be required to clean them. All visitors to the coast must adhere to Government strict social distancing guidelines and barbecues are strictly not permitted.

Sefton Council is encouraging people to take advantage of the new guidance by visiting their own local parks and greenspaces rather than travelling longer distances. And, it is asking those people who do visit its sites to treat them with respect and take their litter home.

The spokesperson added: “We would remind that despite the minor changes announced on Sunday, the government is still stressing the importance of people staying at home except for the reasons it has specified. And that when people do need to go out, they should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside the home.

“These include maintaining your distance from people outside your household, keeping your hands and face as clean as possible, avoiding crowds, from being face-to-face with people outside your household and washing your clothes regularly.”

Find out more about Sefton’s Parks and Greenspaces

Changes to Merseyrail services from Monday 18th May

Merseyrail is increasing the frequency and number of train services from Monday 18th May, in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday of a gradual reduction in lockdown measures.

The Government’s guidance makes clear that only those that absolutely must travel by train, should do so.

From Monday, Merseyrail is increasing services to a level that aims to meet an increase in demand, while taking into account the number of railway staff isolating due to the virus. Passengers are being reminded that these services are for essential journeys only. If people can use alternative forms of transport including cycling or walking they should do so, in line with the Government guidance.

Trains will now operate within normal operating hours, albeit at a reduced frequency as follows:

Monday to Saturday

Southport – Hunts Cross line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Please note: Additional services will operate during peak times Monday to Friday.

Ormskirk line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Kirkby line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

West Kirby & New Brighton lines

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 45 minutes until end of service.

Chester line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then every 60 minutes until end of service.

Ellesmere Port line

Trains every 30 minutes until approximately 19:00 then a reduced frequency until end of service.


Sunday services will still operate between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00.

Check  out full details of the Merseyrail timetable. 

In line with government advice released by the Department for Transport, Merseyrail is encouraging passengers to follow social distancing guidelines when using the network:

  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • Wear face coverings if you can
  • Use contactless payments where possible
  • Avoid peak travel if you can
  • Arrive at the station in good time
  • Leave plenty of time for your journey – you might not make the train you planned due to social distancing measures
  • Wash or sanitise hands as soon as possible before and after travel
  • Follow advice from staff and be considerate to other passengers
  • Please be kind and respectful to staff and other passengers.

Passengers are also advised to check before and on their day of travel using

Mersey Tunnels

From Thursday 14th May Mersey Tunnel Tolls will be re-instated. Merseytravel is asking people to pay by Fast Tag or contactless card or to have the correct cash as change won’t be given. This is to protect both customers and staff.

Read more.

Mersey Ferries

From Thursday 14 th May, the morning and evening commuter services will resume between Seacombe and Liverpool, from 7.20am to 10am, and again between 4pm and 7pm.

People are asked to pay by contactless/card payments and to use the ticket machines at the terminals.

All other Mersey Ferries services and cruises have been suspended.

Find out more about public transport from Merseytravel.

Register now for next Electric Vehicle Webinar Information Event

Sefton Council is holding a second Electric Vehicle Webinar Information Event at 2pm on Thursday 21st May in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust.

If you:

  • want to know more about electric vehicles;
  • are unsure if an electric vehicle can meet your needs

this event is for you!

It is a chance to learn about electric vehicles, including types, charging options and the financial incentives available. You can also learn about the benefits of choosing an ultra-low emissions car and have your questions answered by independent specialists from the Energy Saving Trust.

The event takes place on Thursday 21st May at 2pm. 

Register now.



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