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Council engages with residents and businesses over public health messages

Swindon Borough Council’s communications campaign to stop the spread of coronavirus has continued today (Thurs) with staff, volunteers and PCSOs hitting the streets in the town centre.

Published: Friday, 14th August 2020
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The Council’s ‘Swindon: It’s up to all of us’ campaign, which launched yesterday (12 Aug), urges all individuals in the town to play their part in minimising the spread of COVID-19 and keep themselves and the community safe.

This afternoon, Council staff joined forces with Wiltshire Police to speak to residents and businesses in the SN1 and SN2 postcode areas. Contact tracing data has shown that a high proportion of new confirmed cases are from residents living in those postcodes.

The team handed out free face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer as they communicated the vital public health messages, which offered guidance around social distancing, regular hand washing and the wearing of face masks in shops.

Advice was also given around what to do if a member of a household shows symptoms of the virus and where they can go for further information and support.

Steve Maddern, Swindon Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Today we have been working proactively with Wiltshire Police to ensure our vital public health messages are being received by everybody in the community.

“Together we have spoken to residents and business owners and I am pleased to report that the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The message of this campaign is simple: it’s up to each and every one of us in Swindon to play our part. If you think you have symptoms, no matter how mild, book a test immediately and if you test positive make sure you self-isolate for at least 10 days. If you fall ill, everyone who lives at your property must also self-isolate. Staying at home, means not going out for any reason, including to work, or to the shops.”

Wiltshire Police’s Superintendent Adrian Burt said: “We all have a role to play in trying to contain the virus and ultimately help save lives.

“We have outstanding relationships with the communities we serve so we wanted to help colleagues at Swindon Borough Council get their messages across by engaging with the public in the SN1 and SN2 postcode areas.

“Personal responsibility is key – follow the latest advice and consider your actions carefully.”

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