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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.

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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.”

 

Council leader responds to new COVID restrictions for Merseyside

Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher has responded to today’s news that the Government has announced new restrictions for Merseyside Sefton from Tuesday 22 September,  in the light of rising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the City Region.

Cllr Maher said: “I know people will be concerned at this news but with infection rates rising in people of all ages across our communities, it is important that we all make every effort to restrict the spread of the virus and these new measures will support that.

“This means not socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens. It means pubs, bars and restaurants stick to table service only for food and drink and that these establishments, along with cinemas, have to close at 10pm.”

The new restrictions also mean people should only use public transport for essential purposes such as travelling to school or work, and should not attend amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

Cllr Maher continued: “As I have said previously, the Council is really appreciative of all the efforts and sacrifices made by Sefton’s population and the Borough’s business to protect vulnerable people across our communities.

“Now we are relying on our residents and businesses to continue working with us and to follow these new restrictions to prevent tighter measures being re-introduced.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been working with our partners to support vulnerable people across the Borough and we are reviewing the measures we have in place to support them, including those people who were previously shielding”

Cllr Maher stressed the need for people to continue with social distancing, follow the guidelines on wearing masks and face coverings and to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. He also called on Sefton’s businesses to ensure they are protecting their customers and staff by having all the required measures in place, including Test and Trace arrangements at pubs, bars and restaurants, in addition to the newly-announced restrictions.

Earlier this week, Cllr Maher also joined The Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region and the Leaders of four Cheshire Local Authorities in calling on the Government urgently to deploy more Covid-19 testing capacity in the region.

An immediate increase in testing capacity is now urgently needed to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, ensure that our keyworkers can continue to work and avoid further local lockdowns, they said.

Cllr Maher added: “I have written to the Minister in the strongest possible terms to express my disappointment and frustration over the lack of testing in Sefton.

“Testing is vital to helping prevent the spread of coronavirus and we need those people who develop the coronavirus symptoms of a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, to get a test immediately, for their own safety and the safety of others.

“To make an appointment at their nearest available Test Centre or order a Home Testing Kit, they need to visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or call 119.”

Cllr Maher also said it is vitally important that if any Sefton residents are contacted by the Test and Trace programme, they comply with the requests of the contact tracers and stay home if they are asked to do so.

More, local information is available on the Sefton Council website.

 

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