My Wigan Borough Updates 14/4/2022

Happy Easter
Wishing everyone in the borough a peaceful and happy Easter weekend.
Live Q and A with the borough’s Director of Public Health

If you have questions or concerns about anything related to Covid, here’s your chance to put them to the borough’s Director of Public Health, Professor Kate Ardern.

Professor Ardern will host a live question and answer session tonight (Thursday 14 April) on our Facebook page and everyone is welcome to watch and ask questions via the comments section.

Just go to our Facebook page at 6pm. The session will last approximately half an hour.
Click here to join the session at 6pm
Recycling centres open as usual
Our recycling centres will be open as usual this Easter weekend, from 8am until 7.45pm.
Click here to find out more
Register to Vote
Local elections will be on Thursday 5 May.

If you’re not already registered to vote, you only have a few hours left to register as registration closes tonight (14 April).

Just five spare minutes, and you’ll be all set to have your say on the issues that matter to you.

Your Vote Matters. Don’t lose it.
Click here to register
This week’s Covid-19 tracker for the borough shows:

Office for National Statistics survey data suggests that the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 remained high and increased in the North-West, along with several other regions.
As at 11 April, there were 71 COVID-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, an increase from this time last week.

A message from our public health team:

Following the discontinuation of universal free testing as part of the national Living With Covid plan, we have removed the sections based on cases and rates for Wigan Borough as they no longer accurately reflect the incidence of Covid-19 in our communities.
Please continue to wash hands or sanitise regularly, wear a mask in crowded public places, sanitise frequently touched places in the home, and open windows occasionally to let in some fresh air.

These small actions will help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

Being fully vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from the most serious effects of Covid-19. 
Click here to read the latest Government guidance
Click here to view the full tracker
Click here to read more about vaccinations and to book or manage a vaccination appointment online
Dementia friendly activities reopen

Our range of dementia friendly activities are starting to reopen.

The activities include walks and other outdoor activities, swimming and coffee mornings and would suit anyone living with dementia and their families and carers.
Click here to see the weekly calendar of activities
 Important Easter bin-formation
Over the Easter break please remember that your bin collection day will change.

Week commencing 11 April your bin collection will be a day earlier, with collections back to normal week commencing 18 April.
For more details check your printed bin calendar or click here
Easter parking – Wigan town centre 

Water Street Car Park in Wigan town centre will be operating reduced hours over Easter weekend.
15 April – Good Friday – 10.30am-17.30pm
Saturday 16 April –  Normal hours
Sunday 17 April – Easter Sunday – Closed
Monday 18 April – Easter Monday – 10.30am-17.30pm
We’re still offering free parking on all council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres at weekends (only applies to Saturday and Sunday).
Click here for more information on council car parks