The vast majority of our residents are continuing to make sacrifices by following the coronavirus rules when out and about in the borough.
Lots of people are staying local and using the greenspaces and parks nearest to their homes to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air – staying with those they live with, support bubbles and social distancing.
Unfortunately, Oldham Council, and our partners, continue to receive reports of people breaching the regulations and acting irresponsibly, which potentially puts lives at risk.
Our teams investigate reports sent to us and continue to monitor places that are popular with visitors, such as the area around Dove Stone Reservoir.
There are issues with problem parking in these places and from January 9 until 24 our parking attendants have served 178 notices on vehicles left illegally.
Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council said: “This is a difficult time for everyone, particularly as family and friends can’t spend time together.
“But the restrictions are in place to protect us all and must be followed at all times. Thankfully most Oldhamers are doing the right thing.
“Everyone can do their bit to help and one of the biggest things is do not travel unless you have to and to stay local.
“Don’t get in your car and drive, instead go to one of the parks or green spaces near you – don’t go past a green space to get to a green space.
“If you do go anywhere park responsibly, if you don’t then you risk a fine. Think of the residents who live there.
“Wherever you go please remember Hands, Face, Space and let’s protect ourselves, our families and the NHS.”