Local residents have been in touch with Whalley Range Labour councillors Aftab Razaq, Angeliki Stogia and Muqaddasah Bano, after the Government announced that the whole of Greater Manchester (including Whalley Range) is to be designated as an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). This has happened because COVID-19 cases are increasing locally, probably due to the Delta variant of concern which is thought to spread 40% more easily than previous strains.
You can find more information on the Council website here, and the Councillors encourage everyone in Whalley Range to follow some simple guidelines:
- Take extra care and meet people outside, rather than inside, wherever possible.
- Follow all the rules around social distancing, face coverings, washing hands, wiping surfaces, and keeping windows open.
- Take the vaccination when offered (if you have any questions please talk to your GP, who will want to help).
- Do the free twice-weekly testing sessions (these are the lateral flow kits that are for people who do not have Covid symptoms available free at pharmacies). This is because we know that 1 in 3 people can have the virus without ever showing any sign of it. Then, please record your results and if it is positive, please book a PCR test immediately to confirm the result.
- Please take the help and support the Council can offer while you self-isolate. There is no stigma in catching the virus or being a contact.
However the Councillors stress that this is not another lockdown. Manchester remains open for business with shops, hotels, bars and restaurants open to visitors in line with the Government’s easing of restrictions on 17 May.