Covid marshals on hand to offer advice as lockdown ends
Covid marshals will be visiting retail areas across Sunderland this week ready to offer advice on the latest Tier 3 restrictions which come into force when the national lockdown ends.
The City Council is deploying 10 Covid marshals in retail parks and shopping streets, working closely in partnership with Sunderland BID, who already have their own Covid marshals in the city centre and Northumbria Police. The council has also appointed six Covid officers who will be visiting businesses and working with them to ensure that they’re complying with the latest restrictions.
The marshals’ role involves offering advice and support to members of the public and businesses on social distancing and other Covid measures in public spaces and making sure that people are following these.
This will include reminding people to wear face coverings, stay two metres apart where possible and washing or sanitising their hands regularly. Their role is an advisory rather than an enforcement one.
Council Leader, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: "This is about keeping people safe. People in Sunderland have been excellent at following the rules since they were first introduced in March and I'd like to thank them for all the sacrifices they have made to do the right thing.
"It's sometimes easy to forget what we should be doing and most importantly why - particularly when the rules have changed so many times.
"But it's vital that we all continue observing the basic Hands, Face, Space rules when the shops reopen, and particularly in the run up to Christmas when shops are like to be busier.
"So the Covid marshals are there to help out anyone who's not sure what the latest rules are, and to remind shoppers and businesses of what they need to be doing to keep themselves, their families and their community safe."