Potters ‘Arf Cancelled
23 March 2020 Local News
The Potters ’Arf marathon has been cancelled as civic leaders urge residents to follow social distancing health advice, in response to the coronavirus.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has taken the step to call off the road race in consultation with Hanley Economic Building Society, race sponsors and charities as part of a managed and proportionate response to the outbreak. Around 850 people had already signed up to take part in the city’s biggest annual running race on 14 June, and they will be contacted and reimbursed their registration fee.
The announcement comes as the council has suspended membership fees for its gyms across the city after they closed on Friday night (20 March), following national guidance.
In making the announcements council leader Abi Brown has emphasised the importance of people following Public Health England advice on physical distancing.
She said: “The decision to cancel the Potters ’Arf has been taken to protect the health and wellbeing of walkers and runners, officials, volunteers and spectators, and to alleviate the risk of an additional burden on the emergency services at what is a hugely testing time.
“We don’t take this decision lightly; we are working through what is the biggest health challenge of a generation. It is vitally important that people follow latest public health advice.
“The weather may be nice, people may be at home and schools may not be open, but this is not a bank holiday. Do not treat it as such. Everyone needs to practice physical distancing. People should ensure they keep a distance of two metres between themselves and other people at all times. We should all be doing all we can to reduce our social interactions to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.”
The council has also produced a range of information covering rent and financial advice for tenants who cannot work. If residents cannot work because they have the coronavirus or are self-isolating they may be eligible for statutory sick pay. This is paid from day one, rather than the fourth day of illness. People on a zero hours contract may be entitled to sick pay.
If residents’ income has reduced while they are off work sick, they might be able to claim benefits or help towards rent. They should first check to see if they are eligible for Universal Credit.
If residents cannot work and they are not eligible for statutory sick pay, there is more advice available about applying for Universal Credit and/or new style Employment and Support Allowance. Residents could also be eligible for council tax support. More details can be found on the council’s website, www.stoke.gov.uk.
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