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Joint plea asking public to be sensible and respectful at Sefton’s beauty spots. 

Sefton Council has joined forces with Merseyside Police and Mersey Fire and Rescue Service to remind people to continue to be sensible and respectful if they choose to spend time outdoors during the warm weather.

Since restrictions were lifted allowing people to spend more time outside we have seen a rise in the number of people using local beaches, parks and beauty spots including Formby nature reserve and Formby, Ainsdale and Sefton beaches.

The advice remains that everyone should maintain social distancing at all times and that people should only meet up with the permitted number of people from other households when outdoors.

Public transport should also be avoided other than for essential journeys, and people should only make journeys by cycling, walking or driving in a private vehicle. People also should check in advance of visiting places like National Parks and beaches to make sure they are prepared for visitors.

We are also asking people to remain respectful and protect our public spaces.

In recent days, there have been reports of excessive littering and fires and BBQs being lit as well as people parking illegally and inconsiderately by blocking driveways and residential roads.

 

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Our beaches are tempting but they are not able to cope with high level of visitors at the moment.

“We understand that some lockdown measures have been eased nationally but that does not mean that we are through the worst of this and as ever, the health and safety of our communities comes first.

“For those few who do visit our coastline at this dangerous time, they are advised that stringent parking restrictions are in place, all rubbish must be taken home and BBQs are strictly prohibited along the entirety of the Sefton coastline.

“At this time we need people to think about their safety and the safety of others, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and Council staff.”

 

Sefton Superintendent Graeme Robson said: “We understand how frustrated people have been at not being able to leave home for a number of weeks.

“However our current advice remains that people should remain at home wherever possible and if they choose to leave home they should continue to socially distance and only meet up with the permitted number of people.

“We would also continue to ask people to be respectful if they are visiting local beauty spots. Please don’t leave your litter behind or use camp fires or barbecues. And if you must use your car please have consideration for local residents and other road users.”

 

Mersey Fire and Rescue Service station Manager Lauren Woodward said: “We understand that people want to enjoy the current spell of nice weather, but this needs to be done in a way that doesn’t create risks of fire. We have seen a significant increase in our attendance to grass fires in recent weeks. Not only do they cause extensive damage to our natural environment and public amenities, but they also take crews away from dealing with other potentially life-threatening incidents.

“We would urge the public to be especially careful in the hot weather and make sure they dispose of their rubbish, cigarettes and barbecues safe. People should not be lighting fires or barbecues in woodland, on our beaches or in open countryside and they definitely should not be leaving these fires unattended.

 “We would also like to remind people, particularly parents, that deliberately setting a fire is arson. Deliberate fires and investigated. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s Arson Team will be working with Merseyside Police, Local Authorities and other partner agencies to identify offenders. Please speak to your children about the very real consequences of arson for them and others.”

NHS Coronavirus Test and Trace service launched.

Today, the Government has launched the new NHS Test and Trace service across England.

Test and Trace is designed to identify, contain and control Coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. It means that anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result must then stay at home for 14 days. They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

Over 571 Coronavirus tests were completed at the Mobile Testing site in Southport this week taking our cumulative total at Sefton Borough’s Mobile Sits to 2490.

Another mobile unit is scheduled to be in Litherland next week.

The Government has said that NHS Test and Trace service, which includes 25,000 dedicated contact tracing staff working with Public Health England, will have the capacity to trace the contacts of 10,000 people who test positive for coronavirus per day. They also say Test and Trace can be scaled up if needed.

People who are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service will be given clear information explaining what they must do and how they can access local support if needed. Guidance is also available online at gov.uk/coronavirus.

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that those having to self-isolate will be eligible for statutory sick pay if they are unable to work from home.

The Government is also starting to provide Antibody tests for NHS workers and patients.

The Government has also today expanded the testing available for children aged under 5. From tomorrow, any symptomatic individual in England will be able to access a test if they need one.

Anyone with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of smell or taste is asked to immediately report these symptoms and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Find out more about the support available during Covid-19.

Questions & Answers on Test and Trace and Antibody testing.

More, mobile Coronavirus testing scheduled for Southport this week

The Borough’s next Mobile Test Centre is scheduled to take place at Southport Eco Centre from Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th May.

Test are available to everyone aged over 5 although essential workers, as well as other eligible groups and members of their households, may be prioritised, nationally. The tests provide a clinical diagnosis and are not an antibody test that tells you if you had Covid-19 in the past.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and means that key workers who test negative are able to return to their roles and almost 2,000 people have now been tested at Sefton Borough’s Mobile Test sites.

Anyone attending must have pre-booked an appointment by visiting www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test and have an appointment before going to the site.

Further Mobile Test Centres are expected to take place in Litherland, Maghull and Southport again over the coming weeks.

The success of these Tests Sites continues to be the result of the close work between Sefton Council officers and colleagues in the health and other sectors.

Sefton’s major events cancelled

Southport Air Show and British Musical Fireworks Championship

Cancelled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the UK

VisitSouthport.com

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the UK and the impact that it is having, Sefton Council has been forced to take the difficult decision to cancel the Southport Air Show (12 – 13 September) and the British Musical Fireworks Championship (25 – 27 September). The events will return next year (2021).

Each year these flagship events attract visitors from all over the UK and generate millions of pounds for Sefton’s local economy, supporting local businesses.

 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, says, “Every autumn we welcome thousands of people to Southport to enjoy these two major events in the town; the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. However, as the latest government guidance on the next stages of its Covid-19 response indicate, it will not be possible or responsible for large-scale events to take place.

“We understand this news will disappoint a lot of people, but we all have to work hard to protect the health and the wellbeing of our communities, and the safety of everyone involved including visitors, exhibitors, traders, staff, contractors, and the many more who contribute and play a part in delivering these much-loved events.  These are the factors at the very forefront of our decision.  We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.”

Dates for some of the key events taking place in Southport in 2021:

  • Southport Food and Drink Festival – Friday 4 to Sunday 6 June 2021
  • Southport Air Show – Saturday 3 July to Sunday 4 July 2021
  • British Musical Fireworks Championship – Friday 24 September to Sunday 26 September 2021

With lots of vast beaches and park space, Visit Southport has been urging people to continue to follow UK government advice.  When it is again safe to do so it will ensure a warm welcome awaits visitors to Southport.

Sefton’s iconic buildings light up in honour of key workers and NHS heroes

‘Clapping Hands’ at Bootle Town Hall

Sefton gave an extra big hand last night for NHS staff and key workers, thanks to London based British textile artist Ian Berry whose ‘Clapping Hands’ were projected onto Southport and Bootle Town Hall.

 A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are honoured to be the first area in the Merseyside region to be showing this powerful animation of two clapping hands on the day the nation claps for those working to keep us safe through the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Ian Berry lives & works from his London studio and was moved by the clapping, at 8pm on Thursdays every week in the UK. His son couldn’t wait for Thursdays to come, often asking ‘is it Thursday yet?’.

‘Clapping Hands’ at Southport Town Hall

After explaining to his son that we are clapping for those who keep us safe, they took a picture of two clapping hands and the idea was born.

The projection, which has shone on iconic buildings across the world, acts as a visual reminder that the nation supports those on the frontline and encourages people to think of who they clap for each Thursday at 8pm.

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