COVID-19 Update

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Dear Residents,

Please see the COVID-19 latest updates from the Council below. However, we would first want to offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Bury care worker who died this week of Covid-19. Our brave social care workers and health professionals are in the frontline of tackling this pandemic – they truly are heroes, and our grateful thanks go to them. Please help them by following the official advice – stay home, save lives, save our NHS.

Social Distancing

The social distancing rules are also having an effect on those who are about to celebrate Easter. Also, Passover starts today, and our very best wishes go to members of our Jewish community. The usual family gatherings will be affected by this outbreak, but unfortunately, we have little choice – we need to save lives by stopping the virus spreading. Also – we urge residents not to make the annual pilgrimage to Holcombe Hill this weekend. Thousands of people traditionally take a trek to Peel Tower on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but this would make social distancing impossible. Please follow the Government’s advice: take your daily exercise locally, do not make unnecessary travel, and keep your distance from others.

Vulnerable Residents

The council has been working tremendously hard, and with our partners in the NHS, to keep all our top priority services going, particularly our most vulnerable residents who need social care.

Virtual Council Meetings

Members of the council’s cabinet are having virtual meetings several times a week, with emergency decisions being made by leaders of all political parties on the council. Working from home,

Community Hubs

Our Community Hubs are up and running, co-ordinating supplies of food, medicine and other support to the most isolated across Bury. If you are in need, call the hub hotline on 0161 253 5353 or visit Bury VCFA – Voluntary Community and Faith Alliance.

The Local Economy

Our local economy is vital to the borough’s health, and we are already enabling more than 500 companies to receive grants of £10k and £25k to help them through this crisis. Our staff have done exceptionally well to achieve this in just a few days – and a whole range of information on support is available on our Bury Means Business web site.

Waste Collection

The Council have had to suspend collections of the brown bins for two weeks while we focused on maintaining the other bin collections, as there would be very little garden waste at this time of the year. However, one-off collections are being carried of the brown bins, recognising that people will have put food waste in there before the restrictions came in. To find out when yours will be emptied, please sign up for our email reminders – nearly 33,000 households have already done so – at Bin collection days and dates.

Homelessness

The Council have also been taking measures to settle our homeless and rough sleepers into stable accommodation, and many of our schools are still open during the holidays to look after and feed the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

Around 8,500 residents who receive Council Tax support will soon have their bills reduced by £150, and we urge anyone who is in financial difficulty to contact the Council .  See Coronavirus (COVID-19) – support with your Council Tax.

Finally, here is a link to Cancer Research’s web-site that gives COVID-19 support to those affected by cancer.

https://about-cancer.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer

We hope you are all well during these unprecedented times and are able to see and speak to your family and friends on your computer /  social media over the bank holiday weekend.

Best Wishes

Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley

Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside

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