Updates ahead of first Clap for Carers under new lockdown rules

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People across Merseyside will open their doors and windows tonight to applaud frontline NHS heroes – on a week where an easing of lockdown restrictions is testing the region's resolve.

Early signs were positive, with pictures taken on Wednesday showing people making the most of the opportunity to go fishing and exercise more regularly without compromising on social distancing.

Many parents also backed Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson's aim to "resist" the government's plans to reopen some schools in June.

Yesterday marked another grim milestone in the Liverpool region as the death total recorded crossed 1,000. Liverpool's hospitals have recorded the most deaths, followed by Wirral's main NHS trust and St Helens and Knowsley.

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Help create a map of Merseyside lives in lockdown

From 10am to 11am today – Thursday, May 14, we’re asking you to tell us how you are spending these 60 minutes.

Whether you are working from home, travelling to work, going for a walk around one of our many beautiful parks, dealing with a tantruming child or catching up on a TV box-set – we want to hear from you.

To take part, simply click the link to this story and fill in the form within it, telling us in as much detail as you would like about what you are up to during this hour. The form will be available to fill in for 48 hours. You can also add photos.

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People to be council's 'eyes and ears' as outdoor spaces open

Sefton Council opened the borough’s tennis and basketball courts on Wednesday in line with the new government guidance, as it slowly eases some rules of lockdown.

But it is asking people to be its “eyes and ears” and report any large groups of people to the police by dialling 101 or contacting the council’s ‘Green Sefton’ unit.

And golfers are being asked to “remain patient” as the local authority works out measures to ensure the safety of players and staff as courses reopen.

Read the full story here.

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