An update from Prof Kate Ardern - May 2021

An update from Prof Kate Ardern - May 2021

Over recent weeks, the Covid-19 picture in Wigan Borough has been encouraging.

Our rates are strikingly low in comparison to certain points of last year and that’s largely down to the brilliant work our residents are doing to keep themselves and others safe.

It’s also testament to the successful vaccination roll-out locally, with many volunteers and front-line workers working hard to ensure our communities are protected.

So, with this in mind, it’s positive news that the government has reached the third step in the roadmap.

This week, the majority of indoor and remaining outdoor economy can reopen, people can begin to travel to green list countries (providing they permit inbound travel) and up to six people or two households can meet indoors.

The changes come at a poignant time, just after Mental Health Awareness Week. We all know that connecting with others plays a huge part in our mental wellbeing, so this is welcome news.

However, although nationally and very locally we may be heading in the right direction, some of our neighbouring areas are still trying to manage significant spikes in their new infection rates.

We can’t take our foot off the gas just yet. With nearby Bolton rolling out surge testing and seeing one of the highest rates in the country, we need to remain vigilant to the possibility of new variants and cross-boundary infection.

Please continue to wash your hands, wear a face covering, watch your distance and ventilate your homes, particularly from next week. Following these simple steps could make a huge difference.

I’m also pleased to say that I will be hosting another live Q&A on Facebook this Thursday 20 May at 6pm, so if you have any questions or concerns, please do tune in. Check Wigan Council on Facebook for updates.

Posted on Wednesday 19th May 2021

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