Covid ambassadors help keep locals safe

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Biddulph municipal offices

Covid ambassadors are playing a key role in supporting local businesses to ensure they are operating safely.

Since the end of November the ambassadors, employed by the district council and its Alliance partner High Peak borough council to cover both areas, have carried out more than 450 inspection visits with 90% of businesses visited showing high levels of compliance.

Council leader Coun Sybil Ralphs said: “It’s really great that we’ve seen such high levels of compliance with the guidelines and requirements that are in place to keep us all safe and I’d like to thank residents and businesses for their ongoing commitment to following the rules.

“These results show the fantastic response from local businesses who have been at the forefront of managing the impacts of the health pandemic and I commend them for all the work they have done and continue to do to keep everyone safe.

“They are being supported by our ambassadors who are a key part of our collective efforts and are doing a great job in assisting local businesses to ensure they are operating in a covid-secure manner.

“Their role is particularly important at this time because, even though we are in lockdown, the virus is still very much circulating in our communities, so it’s critical that we all do what we can to try and slow and stop it spreading.”

As well as working closely with businesses, the ambassadors can advise the public on any concerns they may have about breaches. People can report any concerns online at staffsmoorlands.gov.uk (look for “contact environmental health”).

Coun Ralphs added: “Now more than ever it’s critical that we stay at home as much as possible and, when we do go out for essential reasons, we must all keep our distance from others, wear a face covering where required and wash our hands frequently.

“Our businesses and ambassadors are working together to give us confidence that we can shop safely but we all have to do our bit to slow and stop the spread of the virus.”