Coronavirus update from Leader of the Council and Director Of Public Health

The council is working very closely with our partners in the borough and throughout Greater Manchester.

Thank you to all of you who have been supporting the restrictions in Stockport in recent weeks, and in particular those who are self-isolating, when required. However, coronavirus hasn't gone away. The way we act, the decisions we take every day to reduce the spread and follow the advice, will have an impact on slowing down cases across our community.

Currently the rate of cases per 100,000 population for Stockport stands at 92.7 per 100,000, a rise from 81.5 per 100,000 the previous week. This figure means we all need to take a long-term view and remember the only way to slow down coronavirus is if we all do our bit and take individual steps to collectively reduce the spread.

The rise we’ve seen has led the Government to placing Stockport under further restrictions, in line with other Greater Manchester boroughs. These rules are as follows:
• you must not meet or host people you do not live with at your house or gardens unless they are in your support bubble. The police will be able to take action against those who break these rules.
The government also advises that you should not:
• socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks. This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas
• visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits

For information about what you can and cannot do visit GOV.UK.
It is vitally important that if you do get symptoms you self-isolate immediately and book a test.

Support if you’re isolating & struggling the Council coronavirus helpline and website offers support with shopping, medicine supplies, money concerns, food, housing, loneliness, caring responsibilities and help with being digitally connected. Call 0161 217 6046 from Monday - Thursday from 9.00am - 5pm and Friday from 9.00am - 4:30pm. If you’re deaf or have difficulty hearing, you can use our textphone on 07860 022 876.

Remember to avoid the 3 C's - close contact such as hugs, closed spaces, and crowds. Please regularly wash (or sanitise) your hands and keep at least two meters away from others and wear a face covering when needed to. Follow the safety guidance at your place of work and within your school or college. This will help to keep you and others safe.

*This is the latest validated figure for Stockport on 1.10.20