My Wigan Borough Updates 8th April 2022

Welcome to your weekly email update from Wigan Council
Important Easter bin-formation

Over the Easter break 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 18th April.

 For more details check out your printed bin calendar or click here

Do you have an empty home we could rent out on your behalf?
Across our borough, there is a huge demand for quality, affordable rented housing.

Do you have a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom home which is sitting empty?

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or experienced investor, we’d love to chat more about our Ethical Lettings Agency in which we can provide total tenancy management and secure a guaranteed set monthly income.

 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’ll need to register before 14 April if you’d like to vote in the May elections.

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:

The rate of new cases in Wigan Borough is 641 per 100,000, an increase from last week.

Wigan Borough has the fourth highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester for the latest complete week (22– 28March).

Wigan Borough currently has the 4th highest total rate in GM.
The over-60’s weekly incidence rate for Wigan is the third highest of the 10 Greater Manchester areas.

Wigan Borough is higher than the Greater Manchester average and lower than the North West average for rate of new cases in the latest 7 days.
Office for National Statistics survey data suggests percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 remained high and increased across all regions of England.
In the latest 12 weeks 10.7% of new cases in Wigan Borough were possible reinfections.
As at 4 April, there were 65 COVID-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, an increase from this time last week.

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

Want to learn something new this summer?

We’re launching some new free courses for adults including:BTEC Level 1 Award in Business Administration
BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care
FAST TRACK Functional Skills in English and Maths
Functional Skills
ICT Beginners in ICT and
Digital Nails and Beauty
And there’s much more on offer.

Click here to have a look at the full programme and get more information about enrolling on a course

List of Covid symptoms updated
The UK Health Security Agency has updated their guidance about what symptoms of Covid-19 can include.

The three symptoms officially recognised in the UK throughout the pandemic have been:
New continuous cough
Loss of sense of smell or taste

The list now includes an additional nine possible symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Feeling tired
Aching body
Sore throat
Blocked or runny nose
Loss of appetite
Feeling sick or being sick

These symptoms can also be associated with other illnesses so the NHS is advising that we should only stay at home if we have any of the new symptoms listed plus a high temperature, if we’ve taken a positive lateral flow test, or if we feel too unwell to leave home.
 Click here for the latest NHS guidance

The Turnpike reopening

The Turnpike Gallery in Leigh has reopened to the public with a stunning artwork display to celebrate its 50-year anniversary.

The popular arts and culture centre, which we now manage, reopened with the Drawn In exhibition featuring local, regional and nationally renowned artists, many of whom had their first major exhibition at the gallery.

The Drawn In exhibition will run from April 2 until Saturday, June 11 and celebrates five decades of the visual arts while also pointing towards many years to come of art and culture in Wigan Borough.

The Turnpike Gallery, on Civic Square in Leigh town centre, is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

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