Borough can call on Be Kind spirit in response to Covid-19

Borough can call on Be Kind spirit in response to Covid-19

Residents have been urged to rally round their communities as Wigan Council confirms its course of action in response to Covid-19.

Earlier this week the leader of the council, Coun David Molyneux, revealed the authority’s five-point plan.

It includes details on prioritising frontline and essential services and providing support for the most vulnerable. 

To help the council’s efforts to do this – and following the most recent national guidance – some facilities will be subject to full or partial closures and scheduled events have been postponed.

Coun Molyneux said: “We know the people of our borough pride themselves on their community spirit and the response to this current situation reinforces this; residents are already volunteering to help those who need it.

“We can all do our bit to support our communities – whether that is checking in with an elderly neighbour or putting yourself forward as a volunteer – and contributing to our Be Kind movement will have a cumulative impact.

“Although it is disappointing that events will need to re-scheduled and some venues will not operate as usual, I hope everyone will understand why these measures have been taken as we prioritise certain services.

The roll-out of the Our Town Cleaner Greener packages – which will see targeted environmental works in district centres - have been postponed to ensure staff are deployed to support frontline services.

Meanwhile, the borough’s Archives and Local Studies facilities, including The Museum of Wigan Life, and the Fire Within exhibition in the Galleries shopping centre are closed.

Key council services and advice at Wigan and Leigh Life Centres including online provision will remain in operation (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am- 2pm) although the library facilities at both locations will be closed.

In line with national guidance, other libraries across the borough will close to the public but may reopen in the coming weeks to serve alternative purposes determined by local demand.

Customers can renew books and access the free eMagazine service online.  No fines will be applied for unreturned books during the closure period.

Events scheduled in the next few weeks, including the unveiling of the Mining Heritage statue at Wigan Town Hall, have been postponed.

Further events scheduled in the next few months will be reviewed at a later date pending updated guidance from central government.

Mayoral engagements have also been suspended and council meetings are under review although steps will be taken to ensure council business continues.

In partnership with the borough’s voluntary sector and community groups, a network of hubs based on The Deal’s service delivery footprints (SDFs) will help co-ordinate support.

Coun Molyneux added: “We are a borough that pulls together when required, I have no doubt that we will all rise to the challenge.”

More information for residents on looking after themselves and others during the Covid-19 outbreak can be found on the council’s new Be Kind webpage.

See a full list of suspended services due to Coronavirus.

Posted on Thursday 19th March 2020

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