From Thursday 24th September, support groups such as therapy groups (not to be confused with a support bubble) are limited to a maximum of 15 people
Support for people on low incomes who are self-isolating from 28th September 2020
From Monday 28th September, people with Covid-19 symptoms will be required to self-isolate by law. To help those who on low incomes who are unable to work from home, the government has announced it will be providing the £500 ‘Test and Trace Support’ payment. Additionally, people in short term crisis may be eligible for our ELAS scheme, details of which can be found here
What about people who were previously shielding?
People with health conditions and those who were asked to shield are still particularly vulnerable and need to take special care during this worrying period and to be extra cautious and follow the new guidance.
What support is available for medically vulnerable residents?
We are advising all residents to limit your social contacts; follow the two-metre rule; wash your hands with soap and water often; wear a face covering; avoid crowds; do not go to places that are not COVID-secure. If you need further advice or support visit /covid19 or call 0345 140 0845.
Merseyside (including Sefton) have had local restrictions imposed but Shielding has NOT been reintroduced across the Merseyside region. Residents with underlying health conditions should follow the advice above and check with their GP or Consultant if they have any specific concerns relating to their medical needs.
Can I go to a care home?
Sefton Council, along with authorities across Merseyside, is asking care homes to limit interactions with people from outside who may be carrying coronavirus owing to the significant increases in COVID-19 confirmed cases across the region.
Protecting the Borough’s most vulnerable residents has been a priority for Sefton Council since the start of the pandemic, which is why it has written to care home managers and owners instructing them to limit visits.
The following visits can continue but will be review on a weekly basis.
Essential visits by health professionals
Visits from families and relatives to those residents who are receiving end of life care may continue subject to robust risk assessments.
Garden visits subject to risk assessments.
All other non-essential visits and visits by family members into care homes are suspended until further notice.
To maintain contact with family members the Council is encouraging people to keep in touch with their loved one through digital channels such as Zoom or WhatsApp and we will support care home staff to facilitate safe contact in this way.
If you are planning to visit relatives in care homes outside the affected areas (see question 2), then check with the care home prior to travelling to ensure that they are still open to visits from family members.