THE borough's waste and recycling centres have closed in the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Wigan Council said it is prioritising bin collections and "staff are working above and beyond to support residents during these difficult times".

The local authority has praised its "dedicated" workforce operating with a flexible approach.

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A council spokesman said: "Given the nature of some of our work, the council has key workers that deliver essential and critical services and it’s impossible for some frontline services to not be within the community.

"We will continue to ensure key workers are provided with all the necessary protective equipment and that social distancing guidelines are adhered to whenever possible.

"Residents can play their part too by observing social distancing and minimising the virus spread."