Coronavirus: On Wigan Street with two sets of lockdown rules | UK News


Delphside Road is a quiet residential street in Wigan which is now divided by new restrictions.

Half of the houses are classified as being in the district of West Lancashire, and the other half are in Greater Manchester, an area with one of the highest infection rates in England.

On Friday, people living in Greater Manchester, as well as parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, were told that unlike most countries they are not to meet people from other households in a home or a private garden, nor socialize with them in another interior. public places.

The view from one side of Delphside Road in Wigan

But half of the residents of Delphside Road are baffled that their neighbors who are considered to be living in West Lancashire can move around as before, but they cannot.

Stewart Frodsham’s lost freedoms disrupt not only his family life, but potentially his work as well. He often relies on his parents and close in-laws to care for his six-year-old son, Thomas.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “My mom lives a few blocks away and my wife’s mom lives in town and we can’t take our six year old to see them. We are faced with this choice, break the rules and do it anyway or one of us is not going to work.

“It seems really strange that you gave it to you a few weeks ago and took it away. ”

Stewart’s mother and father, Ann and William, can’t wait to see their grandson again. Although they are just minutes away, their postcode places them in West Lancashire. Both are over 70 years old and lacked social contact during the coronavirus confinement.

Ann Frodsham with grandson Thomas before foreclosure rules were imposed in Wigan

Even their golden wedding anniversary was celebrated on its own. The sweet relief of seeing their grandchildren last week was shattered when restrictions on Stewart’s family took effect.

Speaking to Sky News, Ann said it was “depressing” to return to what looks like lockdown again.

“We just feel like we’re back to square one,” she said. “We thought we were making progress, we just feel like it was picked up. We feel mixed up, really – one minute they say this and one minute they say the other. ”

William can’t wait to reunite with his grandchildren.

“It hits you, doesn’t it?” We had them for a spell and now they’ve been taken from us again, ”he said. “I don’t understand, we got away and we hid, and even if they came or could come, they would always keep their distance. We just want to be able to see them. “

William Frodsham and his grandson Thomas are seen eating ice cream.  This was taken before the lock was put in place
William Frodsham and his grandson Thomas eat ice cream. This was taken before the lockdown

The border between the counties is marked by an underground drain. Both sides are already used to having different waste collectors.

Steve Martland at number seven is renovating his garden ready to receive guests. This is something he is still allowed to do as he is classified as living in West Lancashire.

He feels for residents who must obey the new restrictions, but likes to cheekily remind them of his privileges every now and then.

Steve Martland lives in Lancashire which means he is always free to have guests in his garden
Steve Martland lives in West Lancashire which means he is always free to have guests in his garden

Speaking to Sky News, he said their smile was the least he could do. “I smile at them as they walk down the street, just checking they have their passports as they cross over to West Lancs,” he said.

“To be honest it’s always been weird, like when the trash men come in there’s always two lots. It’s strange but we continue. It doesn’t really bother me too much, you can still see them if you walk past their houses and wave and say hello.

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“I tell them sometimes to come back to their own end and they laugh. We are in a narrow street, when it was victory day we all had a quiz and a song outside.

There is no time limit on the duration of the implementation of the new rules. So, for now, families like the Frodshams, and others in their half of the streets, have no choice but to adjust while those who don’t have to abide by the restrictions consider themselves lucky. .


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