15 July 2021
Local charity Maldon and District CVS, one of the driving forces behind the Maldon District Coronavirus response team, is backing the national campaign to #BeDistanceAware.
Distance Aware is an NHS initiative that has been established to enable individuals and organisations to politely prompt ongoing distancing and respect of individual social space. Many people and businesses will be welcoming the restrictions due to be lifted on 19 July however there are others who will have increased anxiety around this and may feel vulnerable. This coupled with the virus still being present in our communities and the shielding period coming to an end, means that for some parts of the community there remains a preference to continue with some social distancing measures.
MDCVS Director, Sarah Troop, says “As a charity who has been working hard to keep people safe throughout the pandemic we are keen to carry on doing so. With this in mind we will be adopting the distance aware approach in all our activities and services. We want people to know that if they are anxious or worried we are still mindful of the importance of distancing and masks and will be doing what we can to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus within our activities.”
The distance aware scheme is open to everyone (not just those who feel vulnerable or who may have been shielding) reflecting the fact that the need for ongoing social distancing is everyone’s responsibility going forward. Full details can be found online at www.bevancommission.org/distance-aware