Residents urged to continue to follow lockdown rules prior to schools opening 24/02/2021

Residents in Sefton are strongly urged to continue stay at home to help reduce COVID-19 infection rates even further prior to schools opening. All schools and colleges will open on 8th March in the first stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, however infection rates are still high in  Sefton and local hospitals continue to be under pressure. Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health for Sefton, said: “Over the next two weeks, it’s really important that residents abide by the current lockdown rules and play their part in reducing infection rates. Although schools and colleges are as safe as ...
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Further government grants available for businesses remaining closed as restrictions continue

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021 of a continuation of National Lockdown restrictions, the government has confirmed that further grant support is available to businesses that have been instructed to remain closed. Payments will be made in the form of a Local Restrictions Support Grant for a 44 day period from 16th February 2021 to 31st March 2021. £2,096 for businesses with a property rateable value of £15,000 or less. £3,143 for businesses with a property rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,999 £4,174 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or more Business ratepayers ...
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Reaction to Prime Minster’s roadmap announcement: Liverpool City Region leaders

In a joint statement, the Local Authority Leaders, Acting Mayor of Liverpool, and Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said: “The Prime Minister has now set out a timetable for the whole country to return to something approaching normality again. After the huge sacrifices of the last 12 months, and we are sure that everyone will breathe a huge sigh of relief that light is beginning to appear at the end of a very dark tunnel. “However, the threat from Coronavirus remains very real and we still have many weeks of restrictions ahead of us, so everyone ...
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Testing for South African variant in Southport now complete

The surge testing operation to understand the spread of a South African variant of Covid-19 in Southport has now been completed.  Door to door testing in Dukes and Cambridge wards was paused over the weekend, and today (Monday 22/02/21) Sefton Council have received confirmation that no further testing will be carried out at the mobile testing unit at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre after it closes tonight at 6.30pm. The number of tests from the mobile unit and the home testing combined mean that sufficient testing has taken place in this area. Initial numbers from the operation, which is ...
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Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards crowns the Atkinson in its 2020 awards

The winners of the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards have been revealed in a unique online ceremony to celebrate the outstanding contributions to the industry in what has been a challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hosted by Coronation Street and Emmerdale actress, Huyton-born Eithne Browne, the ceremony was broadcast live into over 300 homes where the finalists were standing by waiting for the winners to be announced. Guest presenters from across the city region including the Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Matthew Ball, music artist and international DJ Yousef, actress Leanne Best and chef ...
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Doorstep surge testing in Cambridge and Dukes wards to pause, testing to continue at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

The surge testing operation across the Cambridge and Dukes wards of Southport will continue this weekend at the dedicated Mobile Testing Unit at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, with doorstep testing to be paused. Thousands of kits have been delivered to homes across the two ward areas, by Council and partner agency teams alongside volunteers, with door-to-door testing now stopping while Sefton Council awaits further direction from the DHSC. Anyone aged over 16 living or working in the Cambridge and Dukes wards, particularly if they cannot work from home under the current restrictions, are being urged to continue to use ...
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Southport Market work now underway

Southport Market is a step closer to being transformed into a leading food, drinks and events space, with work now underway. The market is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2021. The £1.4m scheme, which is a key enabler and an early part of Sefton Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan for Southport, will see 10 new food units and a feature bar installed. This will be supported by a flexible events space able to host high-quality markets along with other events. External funding from The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Southport Town Deal acceleration fund has been secured making the scheme ...
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Sefton residents up the vaccine ‘Q’ with pioneering new technology

Sefton residents have recently been alerted to their clinically extremely vulnerable Covid-19 status as part of a national push by Government. QCovid, a new predictive risk model developed by Oxford University, uses technology that analyses a combination of risk factors based on medical records, to assess whether somebody may be more vulnerable than was previously understood, has helped clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from Covid-19. In letters to those affected, including those residents already known to be clinically extremely vulnerable, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHCS) ...
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Sefton Youth Worker Sue Logie speaks about the importance of LBGT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history, which raises awareness of prejudice against the LGBT+ community while celebrating its achievements and diversity. During the month we’ve been celebrating some amazing people who form part of the LGBT+ community’s past and present. We caught up with one of Sefton Council’s youth workers Sue Logie. She is the lead worker for New Beginnings, Sefton’s LGBT+ youth group, which provides a safe space for young people to socialise and share experiences. Sue was also winner in the prestigious LCR Pride Awards 2019. We asked Sue about ...
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Surge Testing in Norwood Ward is now complete

The surge testing operation to understand the spread of a South African variant of Covid-19 in Norwood Ward, Southport has now been completed. Testing continues in Dukes and Cambridge wards. Door to door delivery of home testing kits has stopped, and the Mobile Test Unit at the former Kew Park and Ride will close at 6.30pm on Wednesday, February 17. Initial numbers from the operation, which is aimed at understanding any community spread of a variant of COVID-19 known as SARS-CoV-2 (or VOC-202012/02) which originated in South Africa, show around 90% of the tests delivered have been completed and collected ...
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