Fylde Council has received funding from government to support the recruitment of 5 marshals who will help support people in the town centres to continue to adhere to the social distancing rules in place.
COVID marshals are being introduced by many councils across the country to ensure social distancing rules are followed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a press conference the marshals would “boost the local enforcement capacity” to help slow the spread of coronavirus.” The areas in which they can help include:
- Undertaking walks within community settings in order to ensure that COVID 19 regulations are being observed and provide reassurance
- Visiting premises and delivering COVID compliance advice positively, with patience and appropriate assertiveness; documenting any findings and highlighting any concerns to the Environmental Protection Team
- Answering queries from residents and businesses regarding COVID 19 regulations and giving advice based on Frequently Asked Questions developed by the council
On Monday 12th October the government has announced its new coronavirus alert system and has placed Lancashire including Fylde in Tier 2, meaning that coronavirus levels are high in the county. This applies across the wider Lancashire area, which comprises the Lancashire County Council, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen areas and is expected to come in later this week after being debated in parliament.
It means that for now, bars and pubs will not be closed in the county after Lancashire leaders won a last-minute reprieve from government.
But government has warned it is highly likely that some or all of Lancashire will be put into the most severe Tier 3 soon. Lancashire’s leaders are clear that any additional restrictions must be accompanied by a full package of support for the county’s residents and businesses.
Leader of Fylde Council Councillor Karen Buckley said: “”Infection rates are increasing in Fylde just as in all other areas in Lancashire. Without a vaccine, the only line of defence we have is each other. Tier 2 means no socialising between households indoors whether that be in our own homes or in a restaurant. We must make space, wear masks and wash our hands. I know there is pandemic fatigue and a wide variety of views amongst the public, but it simply comes down to doing the right thing to protect ourselves, our staff, our customers and our loved ones.”