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Government guidance on staying at home

Government have announced new measures to reduce the spread of corona virus. They are:

  • Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  • Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

For full details please click here.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region has announced an initial package of measures aimed at easing the Coronavirus burden on local people.

Below is an outline of these initiatives. As more are added and updated we will update this information for you.

1. LCR Cares COVID-19 Community Support Fund

The ‘LCR Cares’ COVID 19 Community Support Fund – a new crowdfunding campaign to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping our communities cope with the spread of Coronavirus.

The LCR Cares COVID 19 Community Support Fund website page is now open for donations from the public. Just go to and search for LCRCares or

Early next week, a simple and speedy processes for organisations to access those funds will be in place.

2. Free bus travel

Free bus travel to and from school for the children of key workers using existing Merseytravel funded supported bus services.

3. Lifting restrictions on concessionary travel

Lifting the 9.30am restriction on concessionary travel for essential journeys, such as accessing designated shopping hours reserved for the elderly.

4. Providing Business Guidance for Socially Trading Organisations

A fund of £65,000 of business support for community and social businesses to help them cope with the impact of COVID-19.

Socially Trading Organisations who feel they could benefit from tailored business support should email or visit the website.

5. Free travel for NHS staff

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region has  announced that NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains across the city region.

NHS staff will be able to travel for free on production of a valid NHS photo staff pass as they board the bus, at Merseyrail stations or on Merseyrail trains.

6. £400,000 of immediate funding to support Music, Film and TV industries

The Music Fund will provide up to £10,000 of grant or loan funding to support micro-businesses and SMEs in the sector through this period and help futureproof them for the longer-term.

The Film and TV Development Fund will provide investments of up to £25,000 per project to support the development of ambitious and distinctive content across all feature film and TV genres, and for all platforms.

7. Gather

Gather, a place for the digital, creative and tech community to connect, unite, and grow.
Feel supported. Get advice. Stabilise your business. Find out more here.

8. Mettle

Mettle is a 6-week online course that will help you survive, stabilise and sustain your business during crisis.

The six week course includes:

  • 3 online workshops with industry experts to accelerate your progress
  • 3 projects to help you survive, stabilise and sustain your business
  • Resources and digital workbooks to keep you and your team on track
  • Instant access to other leaders facing the same challenges

Find out more and apply here.

Business Survey

If you’re a local business of any size and sector we are keen to hear from you to help us shape support and conversations we’re having with government. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey, to give us the intelligence we need to make the case for more support.

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If you are worried about the impact to your business please get in touch with us and we will respond to you directly or through one of our partners.

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Whilst we will continue to monitor the situation and update this page when more information is released we advise you visit the Government website for the most up to date and accurate information.

Please be aware the information provided above is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance.