Praise for the real heroes fighting coronavirus

Posted: Friday 3rd April 2020

Dealing with coronavirus is putting an extreme strain on council resources as we battle to make sure we continue to provide essential services for everyone in Trafford.

So it’s only right that I start by thanking our dedicated staff, especially those in health care who are working on the front line to deliver essential services to some of the most vulnerable people at this challenging time.

These are the real life heroes in our society as we face one of the most difficult public health challenges this country has ever seen.

The situation is only going to get tougher, but with the dedication of these heroes supported by us all we can get through this.

I would also like to pay tribute to all those others who are helping deliver much needed services to help keep the country going, whether that is people working in supermarkets or those collecting rubbish, they all deserve our gratitude.

It was emotional seeing so many of you out in the streets clapping the work of all these key workers. They are getting the recognition they deserve.

I know many of you want to get involved and do your bit to help in Trafford. We have launched a dedicated telephone line to support residents self-isolating due to the coronavirus. The number is 0300 3309073 and people can ask for help with shopping, telephone support and food parcels.

Callers will be signposted to one of the five hubs in the borough. If you have skills and time that you would like to offer at one of the hubs, please do contact us via the Thrive Trafford website.

Coronavirus affects people of all ages and backgrounds, and even royalty and the Prime Minister have now been diagnosed. We can all do our bit by listening to the government guidelines in our daily life. I know our parks and open spaces are much-loved, but we need to use them responsibly at the present time.

I know the vast majority of you are listening to the government instructions, but there are a minority who are not - and if necessary we will close the parks. This is not something I want to do, so please follow the guidance on keeping a two metre distance from other users.

Take a look at our Coronavirus latst updates and advice page for all the latest updates affecting council services. 

Finally, all that is left for me to echo the public health message, stay at home, save lives!

Thanks, Andrew