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  1. Published on: 01/10/2020 02:22 PMReported by: roving-eye
    Southport will be among places in the UK which will see new restrictions coming into place in order to stop the recent rise in Covid-19 cases.

    MP Damien Moore has already spoken with Health Minister Helen Whately to raise concerns among local people and businesses.

    The Southport MP said: “I have asked Helen Whately that the Government ensures that the right balance is struck between protecting people, while also protecting local businesses and ensuring that financial support for local authorities including Sefton Council will be forthcoming.

    “I welcome the Government's pledge to provide an additional £7million funding to the local authorities to support areas affected.

    “Cases in Southport and across the Liverpool City Region have unfortunately been rising over recent weeks and it is vital that action is taken now to ensure that those figures are brought down as soon as possible.

    “It is also important that the measures brought in are proportionate. No-one wants to see a return to the days in March and April where a complete lockdown was in place with huge numbers of businesses and schools shut.

    “We now all have our part to play in bringing down these cases.

    “Please follow the new rules which are coming into place in our area. Please ensure you wash your hands regularly and well. Please wear a face covering when required to do so. Please maintain social distancing where you can.

    “While taking these new precautions please also continue to attend work, or school, and continue supporting our local businesses in Southport.

    “Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of everyone earlier this year, we have already managed to bring down Covid-19 cases to a safe level once.

    “Through working collectively this time, we know we can do so again.”

    The new measures coming into force in the Liverpool City Region will be similar to those currently in place in the North East. They are due to come into force from one minute past midnight this Saturday (3 October, 2020).

    You can find them here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-ea...l-restrictions

    The new restrictions will include:

    No mixing between households other than outdoor public venues and outdoor hospitality

    No spectators for professional or amateur sports

    Essential travel only - meaning work or school

    People to only visit care homes in urgent circumstances

    The latest Covid-19 cases for Sefton which were released yesterday showed that, in the seven days to September 27, Sefton’s rate of Covid-19 infections was 182.0 per 100,000, with 503 new cases, making Sefton the 13th highest in the UK.

    This was a rise in the previous week’s figures from 121.9 cases per 100,000, with 337 new cases.

    The comparable cases for Liverpool, the third highest in the UK, are: Liverpool 258.4 (1,287), 198.4 (988).

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Parliament earlier: “We recommend against all social-mixing between people in different households.

    “We will bring in regulations, as we have in the North East, to prevent in law social mixing between people in different households in all settings except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality.

    “We also recommend that people should not attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators in the areas that are affected.

    “We recommend that people only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances and there will be guidance against all but essential travel. Essential travel, of course, includes going to work or school.”

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons earlier today that a number of new restrictions will be coming into place in Sefton and across the Liverpool City region, as well as in Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, in order to reverse the recent rise in Coronavirus cases, while also ensuring the viability of local businesses and local schools.

    Mr Hancock also revealed a £7million package of support for local authorities including Sefton Council to help them support local communities such as Southport through the new measures.
     

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  3. Lamparilla says:01/10/2020 04:40 PM
    If it's essential travel only, how come you're still allowed to go to 'outdoor hospitality', which presumably means travelling to seating areas outside pubs?

  4. r4dent says:01/10/2020 05:18 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Lamparilla View Post
    If it's essential travel only, how come you're still allowed to go to 'outdoor hospitality', which presumably means travelling to seating areas outside pubs?

    My reading is that "essential travel only" relates to Liverpool City Region only (from midnight 3/10/2020) and not to Southport.

    Of course I could be wrong it is getting too complicated. The sooner the 3 tier model is implemented nationwide the better.

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  6. Lamparilla says:01/10/2020 05:23 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by r4dent View Post
    My reading is that "essential travel only" relates to Liverpool City Region only (from midnight 3/10/2020) and not to Southport.

    Of course I could be wrong it is getting too complicated. The sooner the 3 tier model is implemented nationwide the better.
    If you look at the thread on the forum, Southport is part of the Liverpool City Region!

  7. Sap33 says:01/10/2020 05:50 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by r4dent View Post
    My reading is that "essential travel only" relates to Liverpool City Region only (from midnight 3/10/2020) and not to Southport.

    Of course I could be wrong it is getting too complicated. The sooner the 3 tier model is implemented nationwide the better.
    I heard on the radio how it was Merseyside including the Liverpool City region, so would include Southport, but, as you say, it’s getting too complicated!

  8. roving-eye says:01/10/2020 05:57 PM

  9. clive764 says:01/10/2020 06:07 PM
    I find it quite astounding that so many people do not know that Sefton and Southport are part of the Liverpool City Region. It isn't" complicated" at all.
    The precept for the City Region has appeared on Sefton Council Tax demands for a number of years now.

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  11. Lamparilla says:01/10/2020 06:15 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by clive764 View Post
    I find it quite astounding that so many people do not know that Sefton and Southport are part of the Liverpool City Region. It isn't" complicated" at all.
    The precept for the City Region has appeared on Sefton Council Tax demands for a number of years now.
    Yes, I understand about Southport being part of the Liverpool City region, but it doesn't answer my question about how 'essential travel' can include going to the pub

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  13. Sap33 says:01/10/2020 06:24 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by clive764 View Post
    I find it quite astounding that so many people do not know that Sefton and Southport are part of the Liverpool City Region. It isn't" complicated" at all.
    The precept for the City Region has appeared on Sefton Council Tax demands for a number of years now.
    The complications are there because despite Southport being in the City Region, Liverpool has more restrictions than Sefton according to the latest restrictions on the ITV News website:-

    Details of restrictions

    Liverpool
    New local restrictions from 3 October: Different households meeting indoors will be illegal. Groups of six or less can still meet in outdoor public spaces and outdoor hospitality but the government is recommending against it. People are also advised to only travel for essential reasons such as work or education, avoid visiting care homes except in "exceptional circumstances" and avoid attending amateur or professional sports events as spectators

    Sefton
    Extra local restrictions from 22 September: People banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens; bars, pubs and other leisure venues must close between 10am and 5am; bars and pubs restricted to table service only

  14. clive764 says:01/10/2020 06:36 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sap33 View Post
    The complications are there because despite Southport being in the City Region, Liverpool has more restrictions than Sefton according to the latest restrictions on the ITV News website:-

    Details of restrictions

    Liverpool
    New local restrictions from 3 October: Different households meeting indoors will be illegal. Groups of six or less can still meet in outdoor public spaces and outdoor hospitality but the government is recommending against it. People are also advised to only travel for essential reasons such as work or education, avoid visiting care homes except in "exceptional circumstances" and avoid attending amateur or professional sports events as spectators

    Sefton
    Extra local restrictions from 22 September: People banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens; bars, pubs and other leisure venues must close between 10am and 5am; bars and pubs restricted to table service only
    Those you quote for Sefton are dated more than a week ago and are superceded by those announced today, which are the ones for the whole of Liverpool City Region effective from 3 October. So, until 3 October those restrictions announced on 22 September still apply in Sefton/Southport.
    Simple really, and even simpler if ITV stated "City Region" after "Liverpool".

  15. Lamparilla says:01/10/2020 06:45 PM
    But no-one has dealt with my question.

    If it's 'essential travel' only, how is it that we can still go to 'hospitality' venues, i.e. pubs?

  16. Sap33 says:01/10/2020 06:55 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by clive764 View Post
    Those you quote for Sefton are dated more than a week ago and are superceded by those announced today, which are the ones for the whole of Liverpool City Region effective from 3 October. So, until 3 October those restrictions announced on 22 September still apply in Sefton/Southport.
    Simple really, and even simpler if ITV stated "City Region" after "Liverpool".
    Seeing as you find it so simple, you should get a job as a government spokesman and clear it up for the rest of us mere mortals! I saw that the date was for the 22nd HOWEVER, the site is quoting them as THE most recent!

    10 hours ago the Daily Mail, also has Sefton and Liverpool as having different restrictions, so not so simple!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...rus-rules.html

  17. Lamparilla says:01/10/2020 07:04 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sap33 View Post
    Seeing as you find it so simple, you should get a job as a government spokesman and clear it up for the rest of us mere mortals! I saw that the date was for the 22nd HOWEVER, the site is quoting them as THE most recent!

    10 hours ago the Daily Mail, also has Sefton and Liverpool as having different restrictions, so not so simple!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...rus-rules.html
    The Daily Mail still thinks it's the 1950s, so 10 hours are neither here nor there.

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  19. clive764 says:01/10/2020 07:06 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sap33 View Post
    Seeing as you find it so simple, you should get a job as a government spokesman and clear it up for the rest of us mere mortals! I saw that the date was for the 22nd HOWEVER, the site is quoting them as THE most recent!

    10 hours ago the Daily Mail, also has Sefton and Liverpool as having different restrictions, so not so simple!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...rus-rules.html
    I used to draft Ministerial briefings actually.
    Sefton have not updated their website information yet and are still quoting the announcement on 22 September as being the most recent. I thought Sefton Council might have got their act together this afternoon, or they might be waiting for a standard message to be agreed and issued across all 6 City Region authorities.

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  21. clive764 says:01/10/2020 07:08 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Lamparilla View Post
    The Daily Mail still thinks it's the 1950s, so 10 hours are neither here nor there.
    They did have different restrictions 10 hours ago, before the additional restrictions were announced. They don't now


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