The following information is based on information made available by Wirral Council on 20 November and 26 November. This page will be undated as the Council makes more up-to-date information available.
Wirral currently in Tier 2 (High Alert)
The Government has placed Wirral in Tier 2 (High Alert) following the lifting of lockdown on Wednesday 2 December. To see the regulations for Tier 2, click here. Please note that many of these regulations have the force of law.
Got symptoms? Then get tested!
To get tested in Wirral currently you must be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which are:
- a new continuous cough
- high temperature
- loss of sense of taste or smell
Wirral has four local testing sites (LTS) which are at Birkenhead, Bebington, Liscard and Heswall. Each has the capacity to carry out approximately 288 tests per day for people with symptoms.
Testing is also available at Bidston Satellite Testing site with priority given to key workers and NHS staff.
The Heswall Library site is Wirral’s first indoor testing facility and has an accessible bay for people with a disability or for family groups to get tested together.
You don’t need to make an appointment, but Wirral Council advises pre-booking via www.wirral.gov.uk/test to guarantee a time slot and avoid a wait, which is especially important in the winter months. Testing is available seven days a week, with weekends often having better availability.
Mobile testing units are also regularly deployed at locations such as Europa Leisure Centre and West Kirby Concourse, however, you must make a booking to attend these sites so please check the website (above) for details.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for 14 days
- If you are identified as a contact of a positive case you must isolate for the full 14 days (even if you get a negative test during that period
Testing for people with no symptoms
One of the challenges with Coronavirus is that not everybody who has it displays symptoms and people who are carrying the virus, without the symptoms (those who are ‘asymptomatic’), can still spread it to others without knowing it.
During November, the government announced a significant expansion of COVID-19 testing for those with no symptoms. Wirral is listed as among some of the first to benefit, as rapid turnaround tests (known as lateral flow antigen tests) become available.
New film shows importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19
Click here to see a new short film released by the government shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces, and how you should keep your home ventilated to reduce the risk.
Grants for Wirral businesses
Local businesses that had to close due to COVID-19 restrictions can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, which does not need to be paid back. Find out more and apply on the Council website – click here.
Support for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable
A wide range of support is available to vulnerable residents, including:
- Wirral Infobank: A great online resource for local support and services, including help with shopping, social supermarkets (offering cut price food) and hot food deliveries – click here.
- Priority supermarket delivery slots: From Iceland or Tesco, delivery slots are available for people who are vulnerable or self-isolating. Residents can apply by calling Wirral’s Coronavirus helpline on 0151 666 5050. The helpline can also advise on assistance that may be available from Age UK Wirral for anyone digitally excluded.
- Help with shopping: Several local charities provide a shopping service for vulnerable people and for those self-isolating. To be referred please call Wirral Coronavirus Helpline on 0151 666 5050 or complete a form online here.
More information about shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable is available online here.
Check-out Age UK’s Big Community Check-in!
Many older people have felt very isolated throughout the pandemic, so Age UK has launched ‘The Big Community Check-In’ to encourage people to check-in with those who live alone to make sure they’re okay and to brighten their day.
This campaign will provide tools, tips and good news stories to encourage and inspire people to fit this simple act of kindness into a busy day.
Supporting Your Community
Tranmere Rovers Football Club is asking local individuals and businesses to support its annual Super White Christmas appeal, which aims to deliver food hampers to 250 families and 100 elderly people.
Food drop off points hare available at the Riverhill Hotel and at Prenton Park’s Recreation Centre.
Cash donations can also be made via their Crowdfunder page here.
Anyone wishing to get involved and volunteer should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Encouraging to see infection rates decline
While there is a lot of excitement and buzz around new testing opportunities and the encouraging news about the development of several new vaccines, we should all continue to do what we can to protect ourselves, our families and our communities and carry on practicing the basics:
- Wash your hands
- Cover your face
- Keep your distance from others