Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 26th February

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This edition at a glance...

Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

We heard this week about the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Whilst this is welcome news and we are all looking forward to getting back to some sort of normality and seeing family and friends again, these are the earliest possible dates that things may take place and are still dependent on the data. Further information on the roadmap can be found here.

The virus is still very prevalent in Stockport and we need to keep up with everything we have been doing to stop the spread. Rates are falling very gradually and are now at 181.3 per 100,000 but are still above the national average. The latest published data can be found here. For now, we are still under lockdown restrictions which means you must stay at home apart from for essential shopping and exercise and continue to work from home if you can.

We’ve now vaccinated more than 90,000 people in Stockport which is a fantastic achievement, with all over 70s offered their first dose of the vaccine by 15 February. All those over the age of 65 and those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality will now be called forward. You will receive an invite from the NHS, please do not call your doctor.

Spring is definitely on the way and there’s some bright and sunny weather forecast for the weekend. If you are able to get out and enjoy it, please remember to stay local and keep apart from others.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.

Government announces roadmap out of lockdown

The Prime Minister announced the roadmap out of lockdown for England on Monday 22 March. This is a four-step plan that will be guided by data from 8 March. Until then, we remain under lockdown restrictions. You should continue to follow government guidance and remember the key messages of 'Hands, Face, Space' at all times.

You can download a summary of the four steps here: Steps 1+2, Steps 3+4. 

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One Stockport Story of the week

One Stockport is supporting LGBT+ history month. An online festival to celebrate the month has been organised for all to enjoy throughout February, so there’s still time to get involved!

The annual event has a different theme each year and this year it’s Body, Mind, Spirit. In Stockport, celebrations have been set up by 9 partners with over 80 local organisations and individuals contributing and will see a calendar of free events and activities from live cupcake baking, boxing, creative recycling to social quizzes, poetry and lots more.

Hear from one of the organisers of the festival, Tina Carnally, director of Stockport LGBT+ Centre Forward and find out more at the link below.

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Ready, Steady, Census!

Households across Stockport will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. 

An accurate Census ensures that organisations, from charities to local government, can make the best decisions when allocating funding, resources, and services.

This will be the first Census that will be run mainly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

Census day will be on 21 March, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

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M60 Diversion

Weekend closures of M60 – Junction 1 to 2

Highways England is carrying out two full-weekend closures of the M60 clockwise between junctions 1 and 2 in order to carry out repairs to large sections of the road surface.

The weekend closures are planned for:

  • From 9pm Friday 12 March to 5am Monday 15 March
  • From 9pm Friday 19 March to 5am Monday 22 March

The repairs are subject to weather conditions, so a third weekend has been scheduled as a precaution should either of the first two weekend closures get cancelled. This closure would take place from 9pm Friday 26 March to 5am Monday 29 March only if necessary.

A diversion route can be seen in the image.

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Greater Manchester Careers Week Virtual Careers Fair

The Virtual Careers Fair for Greater Manchester Careers Week runs from 1 - 5 March.

This virtual event is aimed at all ages – from secondary school to graduate, first job to experienced hire – whatever stage you’re at in your career journey, you’ll be able to find out more about starting or developing a career in Health & Social Care, Customer Service & Retail, IT & Digital, Marketing & Creative and Manufacturing, Warehouse & Logistics.

Over the five days you can hear from featured Employers across Greater Manchester sharing experiences of workplaces and live job vacancies, learn about labour market information, careers advice, development opportunities and future prospects, discover local training providers and support services offering funded courses and employment support programmes to help you gain the skills and qualifications required – including work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships, and lots more.

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