Disappointment over abuse of sanitiser station

Disappointment over abuse of sanitiser station

Disappointment over abuse of sanitiser station

A Councillor for North East Lincolnshire has expressed his disappointment after an incident where a public sanitiser station in Cleethorpes was used as an ashtray by a member of the public.

Speaking yesterday, Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for tourism, heritage and culture at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“I’m disappointed to see this happening in our resort.

“Sadly this is not the first instance of a public sanitiser station being used to put out peoples cigarettes.

“These stations are in place for everyone to use to keep themselves safe.

“The virus has not gone away. I ask that people continue to follow the safety guidance – washing hands regularly, maintaining a distance from others, and wearing face coverings when in shops or enclosed spaces.

“Please make use of the sanitiser stations provided – they are not ashtrays.”

One local business owner described the incident as being “disrespectful for the community.”

It was recently announced that North East Lincolnshire has the lowest Covid-19 rate in England.

However, officials have warned against complacency as stricter regulations have been imposed in several parts of Northern England.

Incidents of sanitiser stations being vandalised, and PPE being discarded in the streets, are leading to even greater concerns that people are no longer taking the virus seriously.

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for health, wellbeing and adult social care at North East Lincolnshire Council said:

“Thanks to everyone’s efforts in helping to prevent the spread of the virus, North East Lincolnshire has avoided any significant outbreaks of COVID-19 and now has the lowest rates of confirmed cases anywhere in England.

“However, Coronavirus is still here and our message remains the same.

“We’re asking people to keep doing their bit to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

“Continue to follow the Government guidance, take simple precautions like regular hand washing and social distancing, and immediately self-isolate if you have symptoms.

“Please help us to keep North East Lincolnshire safe and open.”


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