New national coronavirus restrictions will apply for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December from today. These will replace the Tier 3 restrictions in place for Lancashire.
During this time, you must stay at home except for specific reasons including:
- Work where working from home is not possible
- Exercise or recreation outdoors on your own, with your household or with one other person
- For medical reasons or appointments and to escape injury or harm
- To shop for food and essentials
- To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
- To provide childcare
Single adult households will still be able to form exclusive support bubbles with one other household and children will still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated.
During this time some of Wyre Council’s services will change or will be required to close:
- Waste Services – no changes will be made to household waste collections or the Bulky Matters service. There are no changes to Lancashire’s waste recycling centres current service and they will remain open for essential visits – for further details visit www.lancashire.gov.uk
- Wyre’s Civic Centre – the Civic Centre reception in Poulton remains open to visitors Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm. Alternatively, if you can, contact the council via social media or by calling 01253 891000. Lockwood surgery can still be accessed by patients with an appointment.
- Sports and Leisure – Fylde Coast YMCA centres will close, visit www.ymcayactive.org for more information and updates.
- Health walks, the great outdoors activity calendar and The TrySport programme will be paused. Health rides stop over winter anyway, and will resume in March.
- Wyre’s theatres – Thornton Little Theatre and Marine Hall remain closed but continue to play an important role behind the scenes supporting local volunteer groups and Wyre’s community support hubs.
- Fleetwood and Poulton Market – outdoor stalls at each market will remain open selling essential items.
- Playgrounds, parks and open spaces – playgrounds will remain open – please use them responsibly – give each other space and wash your hands. Parks and open spaces will be open, again please respect social distancing. Bowling greens will be closed.
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except where one of those getting married is seriously ill.
- Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. You may still visit cemeteries.
- Garstang’s Tourist Information Centre will close.
- Council meetings – physical public meetings are not taking place at the moment. Visit the council’s meetings and decisions portal for further information www.wyre.gov.uk/meetingsanddecisions
- Lancashire libraries will offer a reduced service during lockdown. Go to www.lancashire.gov.uk for further information.
Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “We understand how difficult these new restrictions are for our residents, particularly after being under tighter restrictions for some time now. I do however see this as a real opportunity for us to make a difference and turn the infection rates around. It’s so important that we all pull together and stick to the rules – it’s the only way to ensure they are effective.
“I want to thank residents and businesses for their efforts to date. Please be assured that our officers are doing everything they can to continue to make grant payments to eligible businesses during this difficult time. We are also here for our vulnerable residents who still need our support.
“I would urge everyone to remain positive and to get through this lockdown by knowing your actions are saving lives. Let’s do it for each other, for those we love, for our communities and for Wyre so that we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy sooner.”
For further information go to www.wyre.gov.uk/coronavirus