Residents are being urged to stay safe, be patient and be kind as Wigan Borough prepares to ease the current coronavirus restrictions.
With more businesses expected to reopen their doors on Saturday 4th July, Wigan Council is reminding residents to stay safe and continue following the social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, thanked residents for doing their bit to reduce the spread of the virus by staying home as much as possible over the last 13 weeks, saying: “By working together and following the rules we have one of the lowest infection rates in Greater Manchester. It’s important that we carry on and don’t lose sight of our responsibilities as some of the restrictions start to ease. We’ve seen what’s happened in Leicester, and while our current figures make a local lockdown highly unlikely, it’s important we do everything we can to ensure this doesn’t change.”
To keep infection rates down and to avoid a local lockdown, residents are being warned to be vigilant. People are asked to continue to keep at least 2m apart wherever possible, wash hands, wear face coverings and comply with test and trace measures should they get coronavirus symptoms or become a contact.
And – as pubs, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and other businesses and destinations start to reopen from 4th July – there’s a plea to residents to avoid anywhere that is crowded.
Two households will also be able to meet indoors and stay overnight while sticking to one metre-plus social distancing rules from the 4th July but this should also be done with caution and larger gatherings must be avoided.
From Saturday public toilets in Atherton, Leigh, Ashton and Tyldesley will reopen. The rest of the borough’s public toilets will remain closed while risk assessments are carried out to allow their safe reopening.
Outdoor gyms and basketball courts will also reopen from Saturday 4th July, while playgrounds will remain closed.
Evidence suggests that the potential remains for further peaks in infection and death rates. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has this week published its regional Outbreak Management Plan setting out how local authorities, including Wigan, will manage the test and trace programme and respond to any future outbreaks and subsequent infection rate peaks.
Any concerns over the weekend should be reported to GMP on 101