Following the Prime Minister’s announcements on 31 October 2020, I write to update you from a local perspective.
- The national lockdown restrictions will come into force at midnight on 4 November 2020. The local restrictions we had agreed with Government to be put into place at midnight tonight, will be delayed until midnight on 4 November 2020.
- I have advised staff wherever possible and practicable to work at home. All main Council buildings will remain open with reduced opening hours.
- All LiveWire and Culture Warrington facilities including Libraries will close.
- Children’s play areas/grounds will remain open as will Walton Hall grounds.
- The Market at Time Square will remain open for essential shopping purposes – (fruit, veg, butchers only)
- Schools, colleges and universities will remain open
- Places of worship will close except for private prayer.
- The Crematorium and Cemeteries will remain open.
- Community Recycling Centres will remain open and our waste collections will continue.
- Financial support measures for businesses as previously agreed will remain. We will be publicising our arrangements later in the week.
- The national shielding programme will be much smaller than in March-May. It will be focused on extremely clinically vulnerable individuals. I would expect this to cover about 3,000 individuals in our Borough. There is no national food box support.
- Our Adult/Children’s Social Care remain under significant pressures. It is responding really well due to the great efforts of staff.
I hope this helps at this stage. Further details will follow.
Take care. Beat the bug.
Professor Steven Broomhead MBE
Warrington Borough Council