Bristol gives thanks to COVID marshals

Bristol gives thanks to COVID marshals

Video celebrates community team’s year of work in city.

16 November 2021

The community work carried by Bristol’s COVID marshals is being celebrated in a new video to mark the first anniversary of their introduction to the city.

The 16-strong team was initially launched on 11 November last year as part of Bristol’s response to the pandemic and they have since distributed thousands of documents including, posters, leaflets, test and trace QR codes and other communications, while supporting business owners to comply with COVID-19 regulations and guidance.

While walking up to 17 miles per day carrying out their vital community work, the marshals have also handed out over 86,000 face coverings and thousands of lateral flow tests to the public.

To celebrate and pay tribute to the marshals for their efforts, Bristol City Council is sharing a video with contributions from both within the council and partners including Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Vaccination Programme.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our local economy, our businesses and high streets and I’m so grateful for all of the support the COVID marshals have offered over the past year. Not only have they guided businesses through this challenging time and encouraged business owners to adopt new ways of working to keep their customers safe, they have become trusted members of local communities. 

“Thank you to our marshals, for everything you have done and continue to do. Your hard work is a true testament to your resilience and drive to help keep Bristol running.”

Bristol’s Director for Communities and Public Health Christina Gray said:

“Please join me in thanking our COVID marshals for the work they have done and continue to do to follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, reducing the spread of the virus in our city.

“The team have provided support to GP Vaccination Centres at over 100 vaccination clinic days so far, helping tens of thousands of residents to be vaccinated. They have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months, but there is still more work to be done.

“As the virus continues to circulate, working closely within community groups and supporting our healthcare colleagues will become even more important. We strongly recommend that everyone continues to follow the precautionary measures to help protect the city and ensure that we are prepared for the challenging winter ahead.”

For further information about Bristol’s response to coronavirus, visit the Bristol City Council website.

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