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COVID-19 UPDATE

The information below is supplied by Councillor Paul Collins

Tel: 01942 487684 EMail [email protected]

Covid-19 Tracker

The weekly Covid-19 tracker was published on Tuesday. It shows:

The number of new cases per week is slightly lower than this time last week

Our rates remain low compared to regional and national figures

Our neighbours are seeing slight increases, which is why we cannot be complacent

We have had no Covid-19 related deaths in the latest week.

The full tracker can be viewed here. https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Crime-Emergencies/Coronavirus/Coronavirus-update-and-advice.aspx

Lockdown Restrictions Ease

The current Covid-19 restrictions will be eased in Wigan Borough following calls from leaders across the region. It comes after the Leader took part in a press conference with the Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham on Wednesday where he called on the government to ease the current Covid-19 restrictions in Wigan Borough.

The latest announcement means, residents in Wigan Borough can now:

Socialise in groups of up to two households indoors

Stay overnight at somebody else’s home but must try to social distance

Book close contact services such as facials and brow or eyelash treatments

Visit bowling alleys, roller rinks, soft play centres and casinos

To keep infection rates down and to avoid tighter restrictions being implemented again, residents are being asked to be responsible and to continue following the national restrictions.

Buy Local Campaign

Independent retailers and local high streets are at the heart of our communities. We understand that the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on our local economy, which is why we’re pulling together a new campaign encouraging people to ‘buy local’. We want to encourage residents to go back to their favourite bars, restaurants, hair salons and shops in a safe and compliant way. Earlier this week, we put a call out on social media asking residents to get in touch if they had visited an independent business and were impressed by their social distancing or Covid-19 measures.

Two Wigan Town Centre Bars Closed

Trading standards and GMP served a closure notice on two town centre bars earlier this week following their failure to comply with the Covid-19 restrictions. Officers visited Casino de Cuba and Havana Sports Lounge on Millgate and observed large groups congregated together singing and dancing to extremely loud music emanating from the venue. This happened on multiple occasions with the owners showing little regard for any social distancing practices. New powers under Covid-19 regulations which only came into force in the middle of July allow councils to shut down businesses which do not adhere to rules and regulations. Wigan along with the nine other Greater Manchester authorities has spent the last few weeks under some of the strictest lockdown restrictions in the country. The closure will be reviewed within seven days, and a decision made as to whether to permit the two premises to re-open. To report other businesses in breach email [email protected] with details

Exam Results Support

There’s lots of help and support available on our website for students who have received their A-Levels and GCSE results recently. Parents or students with concerns can get further information from the Councils dedicated webpage Here: https://bit.ly/3kZXqJ6 There is also a link to lots of training providers in the borough – https://bit.ly/2FyIql3

Roadworks near Waste Collection Depot

Please be aware there are roadworks on Manchester Road in Ince for the next three weeks. Due to the close proximity of the roadworks near the depot, the waste collection team are mindful it could have an effect on collections with wagons needing access through on a daily basis. The work started this week and the team have been closely monitoring the situation and have not reported much or any impact so far with less cars on the roads still.