Further restrictions to be introduced to curb spread of COVID-19 in Merseyside

Further restrictions will be introduced in Merseyside on Tuesday (22 September) after local leaders and Government agreed it was necessary to curb rising COVID-19 infection rates in the county. In close discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and the Chief Medical Officer […]


The Government has today announced increased restrictions across the whole of the Liverpool City Region, including Halton. In response to the announcement, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, says: ” “Since Merseyside was identified last week as an ‘area of concern’, there has been a growing expectation that increased restrictions would be put […]

Second coronavirus broadcast confirmed for Monday via Microsoft Teams in Warrington

Following the recent government announcement on enhanced restrictions for Warrington and other parts of the country, a second live broadcast will be made at 5pm on Monday 21 September, via Microsoft Teams. Leader of the Council, Cllr Russ Bowden, Chief Executive Professor Steven Broomhead and Director of Public Health, Thara Raj will, again, host this broadcast. The […]

New coronavirus restrictions for Warrington

Strict new measures in Warrington have been announced, in response to the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the borough. The move follows local case numbers exceeding 200 in the most recent verified seven-day period. Warrington is part of a wider area – alongside the six Merseyside authorities – where additional restrictions […]

New COVID-19 measures: Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together some answers to questions you may have about the new Coronavirus restrictions which have been announced. What are the new measures? From Tuesday 22 September, regulations will lawfully ban the following: • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens • Hospitality […]

Liverpool City Council Chief Executive supports call for urgent testing resource

Liverpool City Council is supporting the call being made today for urgent resourcing of testing capacity to respond to the regions current spike in cases. Chief Executive Tony Reeves said: “Our region is currently facing huge challenges due to the sharp increase of people testing positive for COVID-19. “The resources currently available to meet the […]

Be aware – don’t become a victim of impersonation fraud

Merseyside Police is urging the public to be aware of criminals exploiting COVID-19 to target their victims after figures released this week from UK Finance – the collective voice for the banking and finance industry, revealed a sharp rise in impersonation scams in the first half of this year. Impersonation scams occur when the victim is persuaded to […]


Poetry and loan sharks. Not two things you usually hear in the same sentence. But you are invited to write a short story or poem (max 1,250 words but no minimum length) on the subject of loan sharks for a new competition. Halton Borough Council has joined with the England illegal Money Lending Team for […]