Cheshire East, including Alsager, has increasing infections rates (167/100,000 population in 7 days to 10 October) and is now in Tier 2 (high risk) which brings some additional restrictions. Here are the key rules:
You cannot have people you do not live with over to your house
You cannot visit anyone else's house
You cannot socialise with anyone outside your household in pubs, restaurants or any other indoor setting
You can still meet up to six people in a private garden or public outdoor setting, such as a park (limit of 6 includes children)
Businesses are not legally mandated to close
Social distancing, masks and the 10 pm curfew still apply
Try to avoid unnecessary travel
Exceptions – work, education, child care, volunteering or supporting a vulnerable person
Click here for the government website on Tier 2.
The new Covid testing site in Crewe described in Local News 12 is now operational and open 8.00 am – 8.00 pm. Located on Chester Street car park, it is the second largest testing site in the North West with the capacity to carry out 500 tests a day. It is available for residents with symptoms of Covid-19 and you must pre-book your appointment via the national booking facility.
Each appointment is allocated a 30-minute slot and residents swab themselves and their family members in the privacy of their own pod. Staff are on hand to give clear advice and guidance on what to do and where to go.
The Olive and Stitch Market is being held at the Civic on Saturday 17 October, from 9.30 am. It will include a Fairtrade market stall. There will also be a Fairtrade stall at Alsager Market on Wednesday 4 November.
I have now received a letter from United Utilities confirming that the closure of Hassall Road (see Local News 13) will be from north of the recycling centre so there will still be access for disposing of waste.
Alsager British Legion have confirmed that Alsager Remembrance Day events will be curtailed. The service at St Mary's will be for 55, by invitation only, and there will be no parade. Wreaths will be officially laid by the British Legion at 2.30 pm on Sunday 8 November and at 11.00 am on Wednesday 11 November. Other organisations can lay wreaths at any time between these two dates.
Here is this week's silly story. Apparently some neighbours of an address in Alsager reported a strong smell of cannabis and police, on investigation, seized two cannabis plants. They then tweeted what they had done, with pictures of the two, rather small, plants. This has given rise to a considerable amount of ridicule on Twitter – here are some of the comments:
You say We – did this take two of you?
Quiet day in Alsager then
You've clearly never been to Alsager then. This is the most exciting thing to happen there since the vet announced he was no longer closing early on Tuesdays.
You'd get higher on that dandelion by the kerb.
What's the street value on that? £100? Not even a day's wages. What an unbelievable waste of time and effort.
How could the neighbours smell anything? Those plants aren't even in flower yet.
Two plants? Not even worth the petrol to get there.