Covid-19 update for residents - 24th March 2020

Covid-19 update for residents - 24th March 2020

As we continue to step up our response to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak we’ll keep you updated with what you need to know.

Yesterday the government announced further measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

You must now stay at home to help save lives.

Leave home only for: 

  • Shopping for basic necessities.
  • One form of exercise per day.
  • Any medical need/care for a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, if absolutely necessary.

If you do need to leave your home for one of the reasons listed above, make sure you’re following the social distancing guidelines.

Bin collections

Bin collections are currently continuing as normal. We will continue to review this. Our Household Waste Recycling Centres are still open, but we will be asking visitors to follow the social distancing guidelines.

New guidance from Public Health England has been published designed to protect our staff when collecting the bins.

If your waste contains cloths, used for cleaning, or tissues it should be:

  • Put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full.
  • The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied
  • Put in a suitable and secure place and marked for storage until the individual’s test results are known.

Waste should also be stored safely and kept away from children. Please don’t put your waste in communal waste areas if someone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19.

Help getting online

If you know someone who needs help getting online there are handy digital guides on our website which explain how to create an email account, connecting to wifi at home and how to register for My Account.

There’s also how-to guides for using Facebook, facetime, whatsapp and skype which will help you connect to loved ones during this time.

Please share these resources with your neighbours, friends and family.

Resources and tips for parents teaching at home

Are you currently homeschooling your child? We’ve put together some online resources to help you with your little ones learning.

Keeping structure and routines can go a long way in ensuring normality so there are a number of practices parents can look to embed into daily life along with learning guides. These include:

  • Set times for going to bed and getting up in the morning where possible.
  • Create a variety of activities such as games, art activities, music, play, garden activities and reading.
  • Make a daily plan with your child and share them with your child the night before so they know what to expect. Place this somewhere your child can see it.
  • Embrace digital and everything technology has to offer.
  • Take time to review the day's activities to help them get a sense of accomplishment.

Access the resources and tips for parents teaching at home.

Council services update

Parks and public toilets are now closed in line with government guidance.

Wigan and Leigh indoor and outdoor markets have closed today.

Life centres will be closed to the general public from today with only arranged appointments going ahead. You can still visit the centres to register a death as this service isn’t online. All other services can be accessed online via My Account

The Later Life and Memory Service (LLAMS) is no longer accepting routine referrals for memory assessment and diagnosis. No routine face-to-face visits will take place.

Where possible, LLAMS staff will be available to offer telephone advice and support to people with dementia and their families during this time – this is currently available Monday-Friday 9-5 on 01942 481301.

For urgent issues out of hours, patients and families can contact the Urgent Care Team 01942 636395.

Telephone advice is also available from Dementia UK 0800 888 6678 or online here.

The Lewy Body Society, working in partnership with Dementia UK, can also be contacted at  01942 914000 or   

So please, Be Kind, Stay Home and Save Lives.

Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2020

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