Covid-19 Update

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(England Lockdown Thur Nov 5th – Wed Dec 2nd)
The Prime Minister recently confirmed that England will go into a month-long lockdown commencing on Thursday 5th Nov through to Wednesday 2nd Dec. A summary of what this will mean as follows:

  • Pubs, restaurants, hospitality, and leisure facilities will close
  • Schools, colleges, universities, and essential shops will stay open
  • People should only leave their home for education, work (if they can’t work from home), to shop for essential items, recreation outdoors, for medical reasons or to escape harm
  • When outdoors, they should only mix with people in their household or with one person from another
  • The furlough scheme will be extended until December 2nd
  • Takeaways can stay open but only for delivery services
  • All other non-essential retail will close and there will be a ban on households mixing indoors.

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Covid-19 Weekly Tracker
This week’s Covid-19 tracker has been published. It shows:
1.       The number of new cases has increased and is higher than the rates seen regionally and nationally.
2.       Wigan has the second-highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester for the latest complete week.
Wigan, along with all authorities in Greater Manchester, is still classed as a Very High-Risk area
View the Tracker Here

Social Clubs
The government has issued new regulations which come into force today around social clubs.  This puts members clubs in the same category as pubs and bars, and they must therefore now close unless they are serving substantial meals.  Alcohol can only be served with a meal

Staying Safe This Halloween and Bonfire Night
The government has confirmed that the local restrictions prevent groups from going door to door trick or treating as it counts as different households mixing which is not allowed. We are encouraging our residents to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night safely at home with their own household. We have also been sharing the latest safety messages from the fire service. There’s more information on the councils’ website, which can be shared with our communities and groups
Read More Here

Christmas Plans
This week the council announced plans to host a virtual Christmas lights switch-on event which residents can watch online from their homes.

On Saturday 21st November from 7 pm, a pre-recorded show called ‘Frost Fest Virtual Christmas’, will be streamed across a number of the councils’ social media platforms, including council Facebook page and events page This is Wigan. Performances with local bands have been recorded and will stream alongside local business videos, encouraging people to shop local this Christmas. Ashton’s lights will be switched on first, followed by Leigh and Wigan town centres. The three Christmas light switch-on activities will not take place live as it will be pre-recorded.

Mental Health Support for Young People
In these difficult times, it’s vital to offer young people as much help with their wellbeing and mental health as we possibly can. Young people in Wigan borough aged 11-19 can access Kooth for free. The website offers online counselling, self-help tools, articles and discussion boards
Read More Information Here

All this information has been supplied by Councillor Paul Collins