Wigan shoppers reminded to follow Covid-19 rules

Wigan Council and The Galleries Shopping Centre have teamed up to raise awareness of the importance of measures such as wearing face coverings in shopping environments.
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The government announced it was mandatory to cover the nose and mouth when entering a shop, supermarket or shopping centre on July 24.

Experts in the region are encouraging the public to support the important safety measures which are in place to keep businesses open.

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The Galleries thanked Wiganers who are following the regulations, but there remains concern that compliance with Covid-19 measures could be a lot higher.

A sign explaining Covid-19 measures in The GalleriesA sign explaining Covid-19 measures in The Galleries
A sign explaining Covid-19 measures in The Galleries

Officials are also keen to remind residents that while it is now permitted to eat and drink out the novel coronavirus is still around, remains a serious threat and the winter months are expected to be extremely challenging.

Cases are rising both in Wigan and many other areas of the country and further local lockdown measures are being introduced or considered in some places as the authorities battle to stem the increase in infections.

Coun David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council, aid: “Coronavirus has not gone away. It’s important we all play our part to ensure the risk of transmission is minimised. Unless you’re exempt, you must wear a face covering in our shopping centres so we can protect each other.

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“Hand sanitising stations are also available, which we encourage people to use frequently when visiting the town centre.

"We would like to thank the public for their co-operation during recent months and we ask for their continued support so our high streets and town centres can operate safely.”

The Galleries has incorporated a swathe of measures to protect the public from Covid-19 including one way systems, hand sanitising stations, public messaging and displays.

Centre manager Simon Tucker said: “A large number of our shoppers are very respectful of the rules and we thank them for their support. It is so important that as we approach the winter months and the ‘new normal’ that people are following the advice, particularly when it comes to wearing face coverings.

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"There really is a duty upon everyone to play their part in halting the spread of this virus.

“Only if everyone does their bit will we succeed in restricting the spread of the virus. It is important we work together to protect public health but also to ensure the viability of hundreds of jobs the retail sector provides.”