As the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 becomes more widespread Trafford Council is reviewing how some services run in the borough, in order to keep both its residents and staff safe.
The Council realises the importance of people being able to access outside space during these difficult times, so will be keeping all Trafford’s parks open for the time being but closing playgrounds.
To help reduce the spread of the virus it’s vital that everyone observes latest government advice and keeps their distance from others at all times, two metres. If this doesn’t happen then we will look again about whether to keep parks open.
With many people now working from home, the Council will not be enforcing permit parking restrictions on residential streets. This is to help those who are normally out and about between 9am and 5pm but are now being forced to change their routine because of the pandemic.
The Council is closing all Trafford libraries with immediate effect for the safety of staff and customers. You can still access e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and e-newspapers by visiting www.trafford.gov.uk/libraries. Any queries should be directed to 0161 912 3189.
Finally, due to the effects of the current pandemic, from today (Monday 23 March), the One Trafford Partnership will be changing its waste service to focus on refuse collection for the coming weeks.
Grey bins will continue to be collected as normal, but the collection of green garden waste will be suspended. Residents should put any food waste that would normally go into their green bins into their grey bins until further notice.
Cllr Andrew Western, Leader of Trafford Council, said:
These are very challenging times for us and council colleagues are working extremely hard to make sure we can continue to deliver the essential services people in the borough rely on.
We can all do our bit as well and listen to the government advice which is stay at home if possible. Please heed advice around social distancing guidelines as well. This guidance is for a reason – to help slow down the spread of the infection to ease the burden on our NHS.
The images from the weekend show the message hasn’t landed with some people. We are having to give real consideration to the closure of parks and towpaths today because of the sheer volume of people and due to large groups congregating, so please be sensible everyone.”
Posted on Monday 23rd March 2020