Bolton Council has reaffirmed its commitment to continue supporting vulnerable residents after the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The council's Humanitarian Support Hub is there for anyone who may be still feeling worried or unsafe about the end of legal coronavirus restrictions being in place after 'freedom day' on July 19.

The hub was set up at the beginning of the pandemic and continues to provide guidance, practical help and the delivery of essentials items to those who still require support as Covid is still prevalent in the borough.

Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for wellbeing, Cllr Susan Baines, said:“We know the lifting of restrictions on Monday will have been a cause of great concern for many residents with long-term health conditions.

“We want to make it clear to anyone in Bolton who is clinically extremely vulnerable that you are not alone and that support and guidance are available if you need it.

“Along with familiar public health measures like social distancing and meeting outdoors, the best way to protect yourself is to make sure you and those around you are vaccinated.

“I also urge everyone in Bolton to be considerate of those who are less able to enjoy the lifting of restrictions.

“Please keep wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport and maintaining social distancing as much as possible.”

This comes with additional guidance for those classed a clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) who may be at greater risk from the virus.

The helpline can be called on 01204 337221 (Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm and Sat 9am-1.30pm).