Councillor Update

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The Information is supplied by

Councillor Paul Collins
Shevington with Lower Ground Ward

Greater Manchester – Local Restrictions Update
On Friday the government announced casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas (including soft play areas) will be able to reopen from Tuesday 8th September across Greater Manchester. Socially distanced indoor performances will also be able to resume, and remaining restrictions on certain close contact services (treatments on the face, such as eyebrow threading or make-up application) will be lifted. These easements will bring Greater Manchester, apart from Bolton, in line with the changes made in the rest of the country on 15th August. The restrictions around households mixing indoors are still in place in Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Trafford, Oldham, Bury, Bolton and Tameside due to an increase in cases.

World Suicide Prevention Day
Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday 10th September, yellow flowers are being planted in Believe Square today and tomorrow to help raise awareness of suicide prevention. Although we aren’t having an event to mark the day this year, in light of COVID-19 guidance, we will be promoting the support on offer throughout this week across our channels, including sharing real-life stories of residents. There’s more information about the support on offer across the borough here: https://bit.ly/2Rzytav

Covid-19 Cases (National update)

On Sunday almost 3,000 people in the UK tested positive for Covid-19, a 50% increase in a single day and the highest daily total since May. A further two people died after testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 41,551. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that although the rise is concerning, the cases are predominantly among younger people. We will increase our messaging to young people across all channels which encourage them to be responsible and follow the national guidelines to protect themselves and others.
 
Remembrance Sunday 2020
Traditionally, the council arranges 14 events throughout the borough for Remembrance Sunday. Sadly, due to the current restrictions on events due to COVID-19, officers have been considering an alternative plan for the day which is on 8th November 2020 this year. The current proposal is for small services to go ahead in Wigan and Leigh, and there will be some changes so the events are compliant with COVID-19 guidance

Wigan service
The service will take place within Wigan Parish Church, with approximately 50 in attendance (this could be increased if family members sit together.) There will be no parade, but there will be an official wreath-laying after the service by the Mayor. Wreaths will be able to be laid during the day at the cenotaph and poppy floor directional signs will be in place to allow for social distancing.
 
Leigh service
The service will take place within Leigh Parish Church, with approximately 50 in attendance (this could be increased if family members sit together). There will be no parade, but the Deputy Mayor will lay a wreath. Wreaths will be able to be laid during the day at the cenotaph and poppy floor directional signs will be in place to allow for social distancing.

Other services
Unfortunately, except for these two services, the remaining services are not able to go ahead this year. Arrangements will be made for wreath-laying at the various cenotaphs that are normally organised by the council with poppy floor directional signs in place to allow for social distancing. Your ward members can organise wreath-laying in Shevington with Lower Ground ward and a Marshall will be in place at the cenotaphs during busy periods. These events have been fully risk assessed, and we must ensure we put the safety of our residents first at all times.  You can view the information and download the respective documents here: https://democracy.wigan.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?id=2017&LLL=0