Concern over local Covid awareness

Concern over local Covid awareness

Concern over local Covid awareness

Freshney Place and North East Lincolnshire Council have issued a plea to shoppers, urging them to be aware of the ongoing coronavirus threat.

The public are being asked to be ‘Covid responsible’.

So far, the borough has had some of the lowest infection rates in Britain.

This has been in large part due to the public’s adherence to prevention and social distancing measures.

But, new cases are beginning to emerge and the coming autumn and winter months are expected to be particularly challenging.

The public are therefore being asked to remember that Covid-19 is still a threat, and to act responsibly.

As of 24 July, it is mandatory to wear face coverings when entering shops, supermarkets or shopping centres.

Experts in the region are encouraging the public to support the important safety measures which are in place to keep businesses open during the busy festive period.

In a move to re-enforce this, NELC’s Covid Support Officers will be patrolling high streets and shopping areas to encourage the public to act responsibly.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said:

“It’s great to see our COVID Support Assistants out on the streets speaking to residents and local business owners.

“Lots of other Councils in the country have adopted a similar approach, offering a voice on the streets to encourage people to follow the advice around social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing.

“It’s vital that we all stick to the guidance issued by the NHS and the Government to stop the spread of COVID-19. We have to work together to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”

Shopping centres around the county, such as Freshney Place, have adhered to government guidelines, incorporating a swathe of measures to protect the public from Covid 19 including one way systems, hand sanitising stations, public messaging and displays.

Centre Director for Freshney Place Amanda Austin said:

“The majority of our shoppers are incredibly respectful of the rules and we thank them for their compliance. It is so important that as we approach the winter months and the ‘next normal’ that people are following the advice, particularly when it comes to wearing face coverings.

“There really is a duty upon everyone to play their part in halting the spread of coronavirus.

“It is important we work together to protect public health but also to ensure the viability of hundreds of jobs that the retail sector provides and which support our local community, we must try to avoid another lock down situation.”

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