The COVID-19 situation is being led nationally, and Sefton Council are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS partners, and are following national guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and PHE.
A key part of the public health team’s role is to help deliver and communicate national strategy at a local level. This includes directing individuals, communities, organisations and businesses across Sefton to national guidance and the most appropriate sources of information and advice.
The most up to date information and guidance can be found on the Department of Health and Social Care webpage.
Guidance on staying safe outside
The following includes specific guidance for education, transport, social care and other employers/workplaces, and these have been circulated in Sefton to our local partners. To find out more, please click here.
In Sefton we have a Council and NHS group that meets regularly to review the COVID-19 situation and at all levels (international, national, regional and local) to ensure that we take the necessary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of people who live, work and visit the Borough.
This includes updating our local health protection plans, keeping our partners updated as to the current situation, and ensuring communications messages are disseminated appropriately.
We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of all infections, including Coronavirus.
You should always take steps to reduce the spread of germs by catching your sneezes in a tissue, binning used tissues, then washing your hands.
CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT
Visit the Government website for the latest COVID-19 guidance
Concerns and what to do next
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, you can call 18001 111 on a textphone.
We have a dedicated accessible information page for those users with additional needs. To visit that page, click here
Message from Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council
I know many of us are understandably worried about the current Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that is dominating our daily lives right now.
Together we are facing a huge challenge, and we are already seeing changes to the way we live our lives.
I want to reassure you that Sefton Council is working hard to make sure that we are able to continue to provide the vital services that you rely on.
Our services have plans in place to ensure that we can continue to support the most vulnerable residents in the borough.
Changes to services
Over the next few weeks or months, we may not be able to do everything that we usually do, we may need to alter or cancel some services, and others may be slower. This is so that we can prioritise those services that support our most vulnerable residents. Please bear with us.
We want to make sure that those most in need can reach us. If you are concerned about yourself or a vulnerable family member, friend or neighbour, please click here
Helping vulnerable people is what we do on a daily basis and we are preparing for that work to expand considerably.
Helping each other
Throughout this difficult and uncertain time, I am proud that the people of Sefton have come together to support their friends and neighbours, and I have been heartened by the number of people coming forward to volunteer their time and energy to help their communities.
Being good neighbours is one of the best things we can do to help each other. It is really important that we are looking out for our neighbours and thinking about the community we live in.
We will support and encourage the huge community spirit that exists across Sefton to ensure people who want to volunteer can do so through established charities and organisations. We are working closely with voluntary organisations to explore the best way to do this and will announce the details of how to get involved shortly.
Support for Local businesses
We recognise that we are a borough of small local businesses who may be struggling right now. The council is looking to see what part it can play to support our local economy.
The Government have announced a number of measures to support businesses during the Covid-19 crisis. As of yet we have not received information on how these grants or loans will be administered, but we are working closely with our partners at the Liverpool City Region Growth Platform to ensure that as soon as this information becomes available, we can help and support local businesses.
Advice and guidance
The Sefton Council website is updated regularly with community information, and changes to council services. Our website also lists all the support available for residents who may be experiencing hardship. For example, Discretionary Housing Payments may be available to top-up housing-related benefit for a limited time to cover housing costs such as rent, and if you're experiencing exceptional hardship you may be able to claim a discretionary reduction in Council Tax.
Please follow Government advice to stop spreading the virus
This is a rapidly changing situation and the Government guidance is changing daily.
New national guidance means everyone should be minimising their social contact, reducing unnecessary travel and staying at home if you, or anyone in your household, has any symptoms.
Please follow the daily guidance coming from the government and take extra care if you are over 70, if you are pregnant or have underlying health conditions: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Residents are also advised to work from home when possible, avoid any unnecessary travel and social interactions, as well as going to pubs, cinemas, theatres or clubs.
What to do if you feel unwell
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. Visit the NHS Website for further information.
All residents are encouraged to take the following steps to avoid catching and spreading the virus:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues into the bin immediately
- Wash your hands with soap and water often
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands when you arrive into work and return home
- Try to avoid close contact with unwell people
Your local ward councillors will help wherever we can. All councillor contact details are available on the Sefton Council website
Take care of yourselves, and please do look in on your neighbours.
Cllr Ian Maher
Leader of Sefton Council