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Local “lockdown” measures to be eased

by Editor Lowton and Golborne News

Three weeks after tougher lockdown measures were introduced across Greater Manchester, it has been confirmed today that Wigan borough will be released from the restrictions from Wednesday, 26 August.

Wigan borough’s new infection rate has remained very low in comparison to neighbouring areas, so rules restricting certain businesses to reopen and mixing of households are set to be lifted.

This means that from Wednesday, 26 August, people in Lowton & Golborne can once again:

  • 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. It’s important that we all remember to keep on social distancing, wash our hands frequently and wear face coverings in places where they are required.

Using local data and intelligence, Wigan Council’s public health team will be closely monitoring infection rates across the borough, taking local action where ‘hotspots’ appear to prevent a rise in cases.

The Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, thanked residents for doing their bit to reduce the spread of the virus. He said: “I’d like to thank our residents for being responsible, patient and kind throughout the pandemic. I know it hasn’t been easy but by working together and following the rules we’ve managed to keep our loved ones safe.

“I know the tighter restrictions have frustrated many of our residents who felt them unfair, especially since our rates have been consistently low. I shared their frustration and have been working closely with the Mayor to ensure that those concerns were heard and acted upon. I’m pleased that the government has listened and reversed their decision to impose rules on the whole region rather than making decisions on a case by case basis.

“However, it is important that we continue to act responsibly as the restrictions start to ease, by following social distancing guidelines, washing our hands, wearing a face covering where appropriate and wiping surfaces to avoid tougher restrictions in the future.”

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