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  1. Liverpool arts company cancels or postpones all events

    Liverpool's Indian arts and culture company Milapfest has "unfortunately had to take the decision to either cancel or postpone all of our events which were due to take place in April".

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    In a statement, the company said the "health and wellbeing of our audiences, artists, participants and team members is our top priority, and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to minimise the spread of the virus".

    They added that the move "follows the action taken by our venue partners, The Capstone Theatre and Southbank Centre, who have closed their venues with immediate effect".

  2. Man Utd to pay match day staff

    BBC Radio Manchester

    BBC Radio Manchester's Bill Rice says Manchester United have confirmed they will pay all their match day and non-match day casual workers even if the Premier League is cancelled or games are played behind closed doors.

    Old Trafford

    In other football news, he says Bolton Wanderers have confirmed club staff will now work from home where possible, and access to the club's stadium and training ground will be limited to essential personnel only.

  3. Donation point to help hospitality workers opens

    From today there is a drop off point open at Liverpool's Duke Street Market to help local hospitality workers.

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    Many staff at bars, restaurants and pubs are worried about their future as many places have closed as people go into isolation.

    You can now donate food, toiletries and long-life items for those who have no wages coming in.

    The collection point in the foyer of the market is a safe distance from those inside to stick to the social distancing rules in place.

  4. Kellogg's in need of extra staff as demand for cereal rockets

    Cereal giant Kellogg’s is urgently looking for additional staff at Trafford Park to keep up with demand.


    Demand for cereals has rocketed as many self-isolate and stockpilers are clearing supermarket shelves.

    Anyone experienced in food manufacturing operations or with transferable technical skills are being asked to jump on the Kellogg careers website and other jobs sites and apply.

    Site leader Paul Wrigley said:

    Quote Message: At this time, our focus is on making all the food we can to help feed Britain. We have an amazingly dedicated team here at our Manchester factory who are doing a fantastic job keeping things going.
    Quote Message: But as demand increases, so does our need for great people.  That’s why I’d ask anyone with the right skills and a great attitude to get in contact with us so we can talk to them about a fixed term role.
  5. Everton In The Community postpones sessions

    Although Everton have shut all their buildings due to the coronavirus outbreak, and Everton In The Community has temporarily postponed all sessions, the club say support is still available.

    Everton In The Community building

    You can keep in touch by using their social media channels:

    You can also email neighbourhood@evertonfc.comThe club is also making regular calls to their elderly and vulnerable season ticket holders.

  6. Musicians 'trying to make some semblance of a living'

    The coronavirus crisis is causing musicians used to making their living through live shows to have to come up with new ways of working.

    Manchester's Liam Frost is one of those looking for new ways of keeping going.

    He says independent creators like him are "all scratching around trying to make some semblance of a living in this madness".

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    Read more about the ways musicians are trying to share their work during the crisis here.

  7. Salford Credit Union closes counter service

    Salford Credit Union is closing its face-to-face services due to the coronavirus pandermic.

    The community bank says its Brotherton office near Salford precinct and other community outlets are closed until further notice.

    It is encouraging members to use its services online

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  8. Mayor Joe Anderson wants army of volunteers to help with crisis in Liverpool

    Two hotlines have been set up in Liverpool by Mayor Joe Anderson - one to recruit a volunteer army and the other to identify and help the city’s most vulnerable.

    Joe Anderson

    He wants businesses and voluntary groups to register their support to help communities overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic over the coming weeks and months.

    The volunteer hotline - on 0151 233 3068 - is looking for people to help deliver medication to those in self-isolation, or check in with neighbours.

    It could also be used to enlist volunteers for Liverpool foodbanks.

    The other hotline - on 0151 233 3066 - has been established for anyone to call who feels they need support with a range of basic tasks because they don’t have a "friends and family" support network.

    Mayor Anderson said Liverpool is "famous for its community spirit, and we will need to call on it now - more than ever before".

  9. Chester Zoo still open to visitors

    Chester Zoo is still open for the time being.

    The zoo's restaurants and cafes are shut but their takeaway food and drink outlets can still be used.

    It has also stopped the majority of their teaching sessions and workshops.

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    If you have a future booking for Chester Zoo and have a query, you can email them at

  10. Coronavirus: What are independent supermarkets doing to help?

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    The big-name supermarkets have all been cracking down on stockpilers and saving delivery slots for older people during the coronavirus pandemic but what of the independents?

    BBC News England's Jennifer Meierhans has been finding out and discovered they are similarly overwhelmed by unprecedented demand for essentials but have tried to help communities in other ways.

    Have a read about supermarkets like Booths have been doing.

    Booths supermarket
  11. LFC postpone community and school sessions

    Liverpool Football Club has announced it is postponing all its community and school sessions held by their charity, LFC Foundation, and their local community programme, Red Neighbours, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    LFC logo

    The club said it has adapted some community activities to make sure people stay connected and can get support.

    They're running online chair-based yoga for over 50s, online physical activity and mindfulness sessions for those at home and vulnerable people living in and around Anfield will be contacted by the club to offer more help.

    Find out more on the club's website