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Sefton businesses need to create and display test & trace QR codes

Sefton Council’s Environmental Health Team is reminding some of the Borough’s businesses that they need to create a QR code for their premises which people can use to check in on the national COVID-19 app.

Businesses required by law to display QR code posters include pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés, hotels, museums, cinemas and amusement arcades and close contact services such as hairdressers, barbershops and tailors.

Council facilities such as community centres, libraries and village halls are also covered as are places of worship, community organisations with a physical location and events taking place at a specific location.

All of these businesses and organisations need to use the Government’s simple process to create a unique QR code required for their premises. Visitors can then scan the QR code with the COVID-19 app when they enter the premises, as part of the drive to trace and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

To create their QR code poster, business owners and managers should visit www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster and follow the instructions.

To complete the process, they will need their email address, the physical address of each location plus an email address and phone number for the manager of each.

Applicants will receive their QR code poster or posters by email soon after submitting their information. They should then print the poster and display it prominently where visitors can see it upon arrival.

Businesses without a printer should show the QR code on a display screen, such as a TV or tablet, making sure it’s within reach so that visitors can scan it with their mobile phones.

Supermarkets, where customers generally move around the space rather than congregate, and are expected, by law, to wear face coverings, are not required to display QR code posters.

Cllr Paulette Lappin Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said: “Creating these Test and Trace QR code posters is a vital, yet incredibly simple way of helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection and we need the businesses across Sefton displaying them now.

“Displaying posters, will be protecting Sefton’s businesses and their customers by enabling them to receive important public health messages and keep a digital diary of the places they’ve visited.”

Create your Test & Trace QR code poster now.

Advice on Merseyside COVID restrictions from our Director of Public Health

With the new restrictions being introduced for Merseyside, and across the country, we caught up with Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones and asked her a range of questions including:

‘What are the new restrictions and how do they affect people in Sefton?’

‘How will they affect people’s childcare arrangements?’

‘What should I do if my child get sent home from school?’

‘Is testing still important and when should I get one?’

‘Should I download the Test and Trace app?’

You can see Margaret’s answers along with advice on meeting up with friends and socialising here.

Want further information?

You can find more information and FAQs on local restrictions here.

Borough’s teachers, schools staff, parents and carers and pupils praised

Cllr John Joseph Kelly Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding has praised the Borough’s teachers, schools staff, parents and carers and pupils themselves for the all that they are doing to ensure children can safely attend school.

Cllr Kelly said: “As with the rest of the region, it is a rapidly changing picture with as many as one third of schools in Sefton having been affected in some way.

“We have had class and year bubbles and the staff who work with them sent home while others are returning following periods of self-isolation.

Rumours

He continued: “Schools have done a great job informing parents and reassuring them that every effort is being made to ensure that children can safely attend school and to quell any rumours that may be being spread.

“Schools have also been also following Department for Education and Public Health England guidelines and we are all doing everything we can to ensure that our children and young people do not miss out on their vital education.”

“I would like to say a personal ‘thank you’ to teachers, schools staff, parents and carers and to the pupils themselves for working with us during this challenging period and also to wish a speedy recovery to anyone who is unwell.”

Symptoms

Cllr Kelly went on to emphasise the importance of anyone with coronavirus symptoms of a raised temperatures, new constant cough or a loss of taste or smell, booking a test as soon as they are able.

He said: “Testing is key to helping prevent the spread of infections and with the current pressure on accessing appointments, we would remind people that they should only book a test if they have the coronavirus

“They should not be trying to book themselves a test because their child has symptoms or has been sent home from school.”

Details of the latest restrictions affecting the region and how people might be affected by them can be found on the Council’s website at www.sefton.gov.uk/coronavirus along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions. These Questions cover a range of areas including people’s households and social life, their support bubbles and childcare, support for vulnerable people and education.

Details of latest COVID restrictions and FAQs available

Sefton Leader Cllr Ian Maher is urging people to visit the Council’s website at www.sefton.gov.uk/covid19 to find out more about the new, local COVID-19 restrictions and how they might affected by them.

A full list of Frequently Asked Questions about the new measures can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/covidfaqs

The questions cover a range of areas including:

  • what the new measures mean and what areas they cover;
  • how they will affect people’s households and social life;
  • support bubbles and childcare;
  • support for vulnerable people;
  • education;
  • travel;
  • pubs bars and restaurants;
  • funerals;
  • weddings;
  • sporting events;
  • places of worship.

The guidance applies across the Liverpool City Region and will be updated in line with any further Government guidance. Also if the need for any Sefton-specific guidance emerges, it will be added to the list.

Find out more.

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

Photo by Marcus Herzberg from Pexels
Photo by Marcus Herzberg from Pexels

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 and thorough handwashing, all of which are key to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus when we’re out and about.

“While those people may be younger, meaning they are probably less likely to affected badly by COVID-19 and are less worried about the pandemic, the risk is that they could take the virus home to relatives for whom coronavirus could be very serious or even fatal if they are vulnerable or elderly.

Regret

“So yes, go out and enjoy the weekend, but please don’t enjoy it to so much that you or your family could seriously regret it.

“Our pubs, bars and restaurants will still be open on Wednesday and if we all remember the rules, they can stay that way as we get the infection numbers back down.”

 

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