Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 5th March

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Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

I can’t believe it was a year ago this week since we had our first case of coronavirus here in Stockport. It has been a hugely challenging year and we have all had to make sacrifices and it is true to say that many people have had their lives turned upside down in some way. But as a community we have all rallied round and pulled together to help each other and support our most vulnerable and if we can take anything positive away from this experience, it’s the way we have all  come together to look after each other.

This past year inevitably has taken its toll on our mental health and wellbeing, so if you are struggling there are plenty of resources to help and support you, which are all listed here.

I know there is some light at the end of the tunnel as we begin to ease out of lockdown over the next few months but we can’t become complacent and must keep going as the virus is still very much circulating within Stockport. Although rates are declining again, they are still at 95.1 per 100,000 and they need to come down much more. The latest published data can be found here.

We have reached a real milestone this week in that more than 100,000 people have now had their first Covid vaccine in Stockport. This is great news and a fantastic effort from a huge team of people who have made this happen, so thank you to everyone involved.   

Please do continue to stay at home as much as possible and work from home if you can. We must stick to actions that stop the virus from transmitting in order to protect ourselves and each other – stay 2m apart from people, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.


First steps on roadmap out of lockdown

Monday 8 March marks the first step on the Government’s roadmap for coming out of lockdown. From then you will be able to meet one other person socially in the outdoors and children will be going back to school for face-to-face teaching.  Even though this is the first stage in the easing of lockdown it is really important that you continue to stay at home where possible and limit your social contacts as much as possible to help reduce the risk of spread.

Please continue to socially distance (2 metres), wear face coverings if in enclosed spaces (unless exempt), regularly wash/sanitise your hands and ventilate indoor areas.

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Returning to school in March 2021

In his statement, Stockport Council's Director for Education, Stephen Nyakatawa, thanks parents, carers and teachers for the huge amount of support we have seen across the borough over the past few weeks.

We are working with families and educational settings to ensure the right offer is available to every child and young person in these challenging circumstances.

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Stop Smoking Day

Are you ready to say goodbye to smoking?

The benefits from quitting smoking start the moment you stop.  It improves your physical health, boosts your mental health and wellbeing and saves you hundreds of pounds.  

Even if you’ve tried to quit before or smoked for many years, it’s never too late to quit so give it a go.

Visit the NHS website for remote advice, or speak to one of our friendly advisors to find out about the support available locally to help you quit, call the START team on 0161 474 3141, email start@stockport.gov.uk.

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Celebrating Women in Stockport

International Women's Day (IWD) on Monday 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The theme this year is “Choose to Challenge”, because from challenge comes change. 

There are lots of events and activities worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements and Stockport is no different. 

There are lots of opportunities to get involved: follow the council Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the day.


One Stockport Story of the Week

One Stockport are highlighting a truly heart-warming story this week about a Brinnington Hall care worker who went over and above the call of duty to help a resident recall his days as a professional drummer, something that was a huge part of  his life before becoming a resident at the home.     

Looking out for others during difficult times and helping to put a smile on their face embodies everything that it means to be One Stockport.

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Vaccines

100,000 Vaccinated in Stockport

The milestone of more than 100,000 people to be vaccinated with their first Covid vaccine has now been hit in Stockport. The latest figures released on 3 March showed that more than 102,000 people of the registered population have now received their first vaccination.

The 100,000th patient was Michelle Conway, aged 42, from Bredbury, who received her vaccination due to underlying health conditions. She said: “I can’t believe that I’m the 100,000th person to be vaccinated in Stockport. I’ve never been so excited to have an injection in my life. If the vaccine gets us closer to having a normal life, I’d have gone anywhere at any time to have it.

“There’s been such a Dunkirk spirit with everyone working together and I think that’s what’s driven people. NHS staff are giving up their weekends to do the vaccination clinics. They do it because it’s making a difference. 

“The only way to get rid of this disease is by vaccinating people, so when it’s your turn get it done. We are going to get there; we’re going to sort it.”

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M60 Diversion

Reminder: 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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