Residents are being urged to help ‘Keep Wigan Borough Safe’ as high case rates are placing local services under significant pressure.
With Covid-19 figures in the borough currently higher than at the second peak, Wigan Council will scale back some non-essential services to prioritise frontline operations.
Council bosses will continue to encourage everyone to keep doing the simple things to help stop the spread of the virus and have again praised the borough’s sense of community spirit.
Visitors to local authority venues will be asked to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing, for example, with case rates across the borough continuing to rise.
Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “Although many restrictions have been eased this week it’s crucial we don’t act as if Covid-19 has gone away.
“Our rates remain at a high-level and this is having an impact on our services, as it is across our partner health organisations.
“We are constantly reviewing our service delivery and events schedule with the health of our residents our top priority, as it has been throughout the pandemic.”
Like a majority of local authorities, Wigan Council’s workforce continues to feel the impact of recent high case rates with employees required to self-isolate.
For example, more than 60 environmental services staff were either self-isolating or unable to work last week.
In June, more than 150 staff across the council workforce were required to self-isolate.
Essential services, such as waste collections, emergency repairs and adult and children’s social care provision have been prioritised throughout the pandemic and this will continue.
Select services, such as street cleaning and non-urgent housing repairs, will now operate at a reduced capacity.
Public health measures – such as the wearing of facemasks, capacity limits and social distancing – will remain in place at libraries, Life Centres and similar council buildings for the safety of residents and staff.
Prof. Kate Ardern, director of public health for Wigan Borough, said: “We have had a 45 per cent increase in the number of positive cases since this time last week and there are rising infection rates across the country.
“From our local perspective we are now at another crucial stage of our pandemic response and now is certainly not the time for us to scale back on our public health guidance and we will continue to encourage residents to practice the 3Ws and remain cautious.”
Coun Molyneux added: “I’m sure that everyone will understand why these steps are being maintained given our current circumstances.
“Ensuring our residents stay safe is our priority and we very much appreciate everyone’s patience and support.
“We therefore urge everyone to keep doing their bit to ‘Keep Wigan Borough Safe’ and continue to be kind and considerate to one another.
“Throughout the past 18 months we have highlighted the wonderful sense of community spirit we have in our borough and recognised the contributions of staff to help keep our services running.”