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Mid and East Antrim supports Distance Aware Campaign

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston wearing the Distance Aware Badge.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is pledging its support to the Department of Health Distance Aware campaign which aims to remind people of the need to maintain social distancing through the use of the Distance Aware Shield.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston said:

“This initiative provides a polite visual reminder to those we meet to respect our space. The progress we have achieved to date in our vaccination programme is very welcome, but we cannot allow complacency to creep in.

“It remains as important as ever to follow the public health advice – this includes washing our hands, wearing a face covering and keeping our distance. The badges and posters will be a helpful in prompting to maintain distance and I am encouraging organisations and individuals across the borough to support the campaign by wearing a badge or displaying a poster with the Distance Aware Shield.”

The campaign is being promoted through community pharmacies, GP surgeries, Health and Social Care Trusts, and in the voluntary and community sector through the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA). Northern Ireland sporting bodies and supermarket retailer Asda are also backing the campaign. Distance Aware badges are available from information points in all Asda stores.

The badge can be worn by anyone to signify that they wish to maintain social distancing. There is a particular focus on distributing the campaign badge to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and those who work with vulnerable people, including carers, and health and social care workers.

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