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People encouraged to share information and work together to help reduce virus spread

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News from Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce

People are being encouraged to share information and work together to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in Shropshire.

Members of Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce, made up of Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID, say intelligence provided by the public can be a huge help in improving the situation for everyone.

Public health officials are urging people to fill in an online form about how businesses are operating – both their good and bad experiences – to provide a clearer picture of how things are going.

Karen Collier, Shropshire Council’s regulatory services operations manager, said:

“Throughout the pandemic we have always operated on an advice-led approach, which essentially means enforcement is used as a last resort.

“What we want to do is help businesses to be as safe as possible, so the first step is always to provide advice about how they can improve.

“Whilst we do have officers and volunteers visiting premises, we rely on the help of the public to share their experiences with us – good and bad. So although we need to know about areas of concern, where rules are not being followed, we also want to hear about businesses which can be used as good examples of how to keep people safe.

“This whole process is about helping businesses stay COVID-19-secure so we can stop the spread of the virus in our communities.”

Residents can use the online form on the council’s website. People can also get in touch by emailing advicecompliance@shropshire.gov.uk or by calling 0345 678 9067.

Please let us know if measures such as these are in place:

  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings being worn
  • If queuing and entry to premises is managed.

All the information received is treated in the strictest confidence and will help protect both the public and staff.

Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce meets regularly to discuss how to keep the county town safe and prepare for the reopening of the town centre when restrictions are eased.