Covid marshals are set to take to the streets of Wiltshire for their first patrol tomorrow.
Swindon Borough Council says it has been working closely with Wiltshire Police to deploy the specially-trained Covid safety marshals in the town in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus to help keep the rate of R low.
The team – who will first hit Swindon on Saturday evening – will support businesses to follow Covid-19 guidelines while also encouraging people to follow safety measures such as social distancing, wearing face coverings in appropriate settings and hand washing.
Superintendent Adrian Burt, head of policing in Swindon, said: “We welcome this move from Swindon Borough Council and know that these Covid marshals will provide an increased capacity for proactive patrols of the night-time economy in Swindon during the coming weekends and in the build up to Christmas.
“Our police officers and police community support officers will be working closely with these marshals to ensure our communities understand the importance of the Government’s Covid restrictions, as well as issuing warnings and enforcement action when needed.
“Partnership working with our local authority colleagues is a key part of our approach, as we engage with residents, businesses and licensees to ensure cooperation to help keep the people of Swindon safe.”
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