Derbyshire Dales District Council has received Government funding to recruit marshals, aimed at helping support people in local town centres to continue to adhere to the Covid-19 rules.
The aim of the marshals is to boost the local advice capacity and help slow the spread of coronavirus. Whilst they do not have enforcement powers, they will be helping to remind people to follow the rules - for example, wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing.
The Covid marshals will:
- Patrol areas of high footfall, primarily in the main towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock - in order to help reinforce the importance of adhering to Covid-19 regulations and provide information, guidance and reassurance.
- Visit premises and deliver Covid compliance advice, documenting any findings and highlighting any concerns to the Environmental Health and Licensing teams.
- Answer queries from residents and businesses regarding Covid regulations.
Councillor Furness, Chair of the Community & Environment Committee at the District Council said:
‘We welcome this funding from the Government and we will be prioritising where and when the Covid marshals patrol.
'Our environmental health and licensing teams are in the front line of tackling coronavirus, carrying out inspections, explaining the rules and encouraging businesses and individuals to follow the guidelines.
‘Over the next few weeks, we know that it will be particularly important to support people who will want to visit shops and businesses in a Covid Secure way. The marshals will enable us to help people to feel safe doing so.
'I appeal to all of our residents, visitors and workers to continue following the rules.’