Stockport response to Coronavirus COVID-19

All the latest, information, advice and guidance for Stockport residents and businesses in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 will be posted on this webpage

Stockport response to Coronavirus COVID-19

1.Stockport - You must stay home
2.Protecting yourself and others
3.Statement from the Leader of Stockport Council
4.Statement from Director of Public Health for Stockport
Latest on school closures and service disruptions in Stockport
5.Latest travel information
6.Further information

Stockport - You must stay home

Following the Government’s announcement of further restrictions across the UK, Stockport Council is urging all residents to follow the latest national measures.

People will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle, alone or with members of their household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
  • travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
  • parks will remain open for exercise but all gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned

Anyone who has social events, weddings or other ceremonies at Stockport Council venues affected by these measures will be contacted by our Stockport Events team in due course.

You can read the latest government guidance on staying at home and away from others on the website.

Protecting yourself and others

The number of confirmed cases in the UK rises the latest figures can be found here.

You can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and on the NHS website.

The latest advice from Public Health England is that if you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild:

  • stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

The most common symptoms are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher). More information can be found here.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection and following this advice will help protect communities and slow the spread of the virus. You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation and do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation then you should contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Statement from the Leader of Stockport Council

Last updated on Thursday 16 April 2020

Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Elise Wilson, said: "As the current restrictions to our movement will now continue – as announced by government – I’m aware more than ever on the impact this could be having on mental health and wellbeing.

“This is something I feel really strongly about and looking after our mental health is so important at the moment. They’ll be people who cannot access their usual services or support network and others who have started to struggle with their mental health as a result of the current restrictions.

“So I’m really proud of the three new services that the council, along with Stockport NHS CCG, have launched this week which residents can access free of charge, to support their emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

“If you feel you could benefit from any of these services, do get in touch and please also pass on the information to friends and family.

“More information about looking after your health and wellbeing can also be found at:

“Finally, I would like to thank you all for continuing to adhere to the social distancing measures, staying home, and keeping safe.”

Statement from the Director of Public Health for Stockport

Last updated on Friday 20 March 2020

Director of Public Health for Stockport, Jennifer Connolly said: “The most recent advice from Government is that we should all be taking responsibility to limit contact between each other in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (social distancing). This advice applies to everybody but for those who are over 70 years old, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant then these people need to be more careful at following this advice which is to:

  • avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough

  • avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible

  • work from home, where possible

  • avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

  • avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media

  • use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

It remains crucial for everyone to wash their hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves online on the NHS website. Please keep up to date with this trusted guidance in addition to following the Council's website and social media accounts."

Latest on school closures and service disruptions in Stockport

Last updated on Friday 20 March 2020

Read our message to parents/carers of children across Stockport, from early years, children’s and education service leaders

In light of the latest guidance for everyone to isolate their household and stay at home, we are closing our public reception areas from immediate effect with the exception of our Registrars Service.

Please access services online where possible. Other essential services which cannot be delivered in any other way will still be delivered from buildings this includes services such as food banks and SEND childcare.

On Wednesday 18 March 2020, the government announced that all schools, colleges and early years settings will close to everyone at the end of Friday 20 March 2020. Schools will still be open to:

  • The children of key workers (such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers – a full list will be published here when we receive this from the government)
  • Vulnerable children (those that have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans)

Early years providers, sixth form and further education colleges are expected to do the same. Independent and boarding schools are asked to follow the same approach.

Schools are also expected to provide meals or vouchers for children who are entitled to free school meals.

We are already working with schools across the borough to put in place plans for these changes.

You should hear more detailed information from your child’s school via their usual methods on these matters, but for clarity you can also visit the school closures and disruptions webpage for the latest information that we receive and we will update this page with further information when we have it.

Update on the new bin collection schedule

Statement from Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said: "The change in the collection schedule will affect residents but with everyone's co-operation and patience the Council and TLC will be able to maintain a service during this very difficult time. Everyone, I'm sure, will join me in thanking our collection crews and all staff involved in trying to keep the bin wagons rolling!"

Further information

You can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and updates (and should be the first port of call for the public) on the NHS website.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read NHS advice about staying at home.

Health advice is being kept under constant review – see the Government website for the latest information and advice.

You can find guidance for professionals in the transport, education and others sectors.

Look out for local updates on our website and social media channels.

Following the Government announcement on Friday 20 March 2020, a full summary of new measures can be found on Marketing Stockport.