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Twilight tickets can provide hefty savings for Sefton’s evening golfers

Sefton Council is reminding golfers about the money-saving prices for late round tickets at its Bootle and Southport Courses.

Twilight green fees kick in from 4pm at both Bootle Golf Course when green fees reduce from up to £16 to just £8.50.

At Southport Golf Links prices drop from as much as £18 to £12 from 4pm and are then reduced even further, to £8, from 6pm.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:  “Our Twilight prices represent great value and mean that golfers can save as much as £7.50 per round at Bootle and £10 at Southport during the long sunny summer evenings.

“Plus, when we re-opened in May, in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidelines, we held our green fees at 2019 prices so golfers playing later on in the day can take advantage of double savings.”

Whatever time they want to play, people wanting to book their tee slot by telephoning Bootle Golf Course on 0151 928 1371 or Southport Links on 01704 535286. Slots are available every 10 minutes from 8am to 7pm.

Cllr Ian Moncur added: “Bootle has recently been described as a ‘a great course with plenty of sand traps, great greens and fairways’ and ‘Very good for the money!’ on the golfing website Golfshake.com. And Southport was described by one TripAdvisor reviewer last year as the best municipal golf course they had played on.

“So, I would recommend anyone wanting to enjoy a value-for-money round of golf goes a long and takes advantage of a Twilight ticket soon.”

Find out more about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses.

Sefton’s young people being asked for masterpieces to brighten up walk-through Covid-19 test centres

Young people across the Sefton are being asked to submit colourful drawings, paintings, and designs to brighten up the Borough’s two walk through COVID-19 test sites in Bootle and Southport.

Both of Sefton’s walk-through Local Testing Sites, which greatly improve access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car, are now open. They are located opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Southport Town Hall with access via the Corporation Street entrance.

As has been reported on national radio, Sefton’s two walk-through sites are the first in Merseyside, and will be in place for several months. Each has between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour. Users will be asked to self-swab when attending.

There is on-street pay-and-display parking nearby for those people travelling to the Local Testing Sites by car.

Find out more about the walk-through testing process.

To get a test at one of the centres, people first need to book a test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “It’s great that Sefton has these two Local Test Centres to enable more people to access these vital tests that tell them if they are positive for coronavirus and whether they need to isolate.

“But they look a bit dull at the moment and we wanted to make them a bit more welcoming, which is where Sefton’s young people come in.

“Send us your colourful paintings, drawings, designs and masterpieces and we will use them to brighten up the surroundings for people going along for a test and the people working in the centres.”

Completed artwork can be posted to Sefton Council, Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, L20 7AE, or sent by email to communications@sefton.gov.uk to be printed out. To make sure we don’t miss them, please title email contributions ‘Test Art’.

There are also Mobile Testing Units at sites in Sefton most days through August. 

Latest mobile coronavirus test sites confirmed for Sefton

Mobile coronavirus testing units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton nearly very day in August.

Over 7,000 tests to tell people whether they have the Covid-19 virus have already been carried out at drive-through sites in Bootle, Crosby, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

Confirmation of August dates for the sites, which are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, follows on from a timetable that saw units deployed across Sefton Borough every day in July.

Tests at mobile centres are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.

Latest August Mobile Testing Unit sites confirmed so far are:

Monday 10  Crosby
Tuesday 11   Crosby
Weds 12        No mobile testing*
Thursday 13 No mobile testing*
Friday 14      Southport
Saturday 15  Southport
Sunday 16    Southport
Monday 17   Crosby
Tuesday 18   Crosby
Weds 19        Crosby

*One of the Mobile Testing Unit teams is a reserve team,  and is being deployed to other Merseyside locations on these days.

Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher said: “I am proud that in April Sefton hosted Cheshire and Merseyside’s very first mobile coronavirus testing site, in Southport, and that since then we have established five regular venues where over 7,000 tests have been administered.

“Drive-through tests for people to find out whether they had the COVID-19 virus were available somewhere in Sefton every day in July and are scheduled to take place throughout August as well.

“Coronavirus is still very much with us and to prevent its spread and the need to reintroduce restrictions, it’s important that anyone who has the coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change in their normal sense of taste or smell visits www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or calls 119 to book a test.”

Essential workers can book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers and key NHS employees can attend regional testing sites at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer at NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs said: “Although coronavirus often has more serious consequences for older people and those with existing health conditions, please remember that people of any age can catch and pass on the virus to friends and loved ones without knowing it. It can take several days for symptoms to appear, so that is why it is so important to wear a face covering, keep washing your hands and maintain social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading this serious illness throughout your community.

“As soon as you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, you, and anyone you live with should self-isolate, and you should arrange a test as soon as possible. The Government’s NHS Test and Trace service will call you in a day or two with your results and explain what needs to happen next. We also strongly urge anyone who has been contacted through Test and Trace to respond and share information about their recent interactions.”

Cllr Maher added: “Recently, the Government handed councils the powers to impose local restrictions in the event of a spike in coronavirus cases but we see the use of those powers in Sefton very much as a last resort.

“If people of all ages across the Borough act responsibility, follow the guidelines on handwashing, distancing and face coverings and respond quickly if they suspect they have symptoms of the virus or are contacted by the Test and Trace service, there should be no need for restrictions to be reintroduced.”

 

 

People across Sefton can now benefit from the opening of Cheshire and Merseyside’s first dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing sites, opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Southport Town Hall.

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 wearing masks or face covering is vitally important.

“But it is also vital that people don’t forget the day-to-day basics when they are at home.

“COVID-19 is still very much with us can be anywhere including our own homes so the need to follow the guidance on socialising remains. People should restrict indoor meetings to members of just two different households and keep the numbers at outdoor gathering to a maximum of six people.

“And, if people do start showing the symptoms of coronavirus, which are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, it is essential for their own safety and the safety of their friends and loved ones around them that they get a test immediately. It’s easy to make an appointment via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.”

Mrs Jones went on to stress the importance of people responding if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service and the need to self-isolate for 14 days if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

She added: “People don’t need to get tested unless they develop symptoms but if they get a negative test result after being identified through Test and Trace, they still need to self-isolate because the virus can take 14 days to incubate.

“And finally wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands and do it thoroughly.”

Check out the Government’s latest guidance. 

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 accompanied and supervised by parents, guardians or carers while using play areas. Groups should not enter play areas and each child should have only one family member accompanying them.

People are expected to maintain a two-metre social distance from anyone outside their family or support bubble. And they are being asked to restrict visits to half an hour at busy times and not return for two hours, to allow everyone to have a turn.

Parents, guardians and carers should ensure their children’s hands are sanitised before and after using any play apparatus. They should also clean or sanitise seats and handles before using the equipment.

People are asked to avoid touching their faces and to cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm when a tissue is not available to prevent risk of infection. Food and drink is not permitted and visitors should take their litter home with them or place it in a litter bin away from the play area.

New signage has been erected at all playgrounds to remind users of the measures designed to keep everyone safe. A limited amount of equipment such as certain swings will have to remain out of use for the time being to enable people to maintain social distancing.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “I am pleased that all of our 100 or so play areas are now open again and please to hear our Green Sefton team report that people are complying with the measures we have put in place to help keep them safe.

“Coronavirus is still with us and our ongoing priority is to protect all our residents, which is why we have carried out this thorough process to open our play areas safely in line with the Government’s guidelines.”

People should not use not use play areas if they or anyone they live with has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive or if they have been advised to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service.

Find out more about Sefton’s parks and greenspaces.

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