Date published: 3rd December 2020

After the second period of lockdown, businesses will be reopening and many visitors will be eager to return to the high streets to visit businesses that haven’t been able to remain open. 

Following the success of the “You are Welcome” campaign and the work the Social Distancing Coordinators carried out to support the market and seaside towns, the COVID-19 Support Officers (CSOs) will be working in Holt, Fakenham, Cromer, Sheringham, Wells-next-the-Sea and North Walsham, 6 days a week.

The officers will be a visible across the towns and will provide advice, guidance and reassurance to residents, visitors and businesses on the latest Covid-19 restrictions. They will be promoting important public health messages such as hand washing, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings, becoming the first line in advice and guidance in towns.

A big part of keeping visitors safe will be assisting with social distancing capabilities around the towns – the officers will assess any queuing ‘pinch-points’ around the towns and how to alleviate pressures in high foot fall areas. They will be working with businesses, supermarkets, town councils, the Police and other local groups, to support COVID safety measures in the towns.

The Council welcomes the return of the high streets; many local residents will be shopping ahead of Christmas or visiting cafes, restaurants and pubs and the role of the CSOs will be to ensure they can do so in as safe a manner as possible.

Leader of the Council, Sarah Bütikofer said:

‘Christmas will be a difficult time for many this year, and even the way in which we prepare has had to change. But by following the guidelines we can all help to make sure we keep each other safe during this special time of year.

These new Support Officers are there to help us all remember the rules and to provide help and advice to local businesses, please continue to work with us and now with them, so we can start next year on a brighter note.’

Norfolk has entered into Tier 2 restrictions. A full list of restrictions for Tier 2 can be found at Gov.uk

Last updated: 4th December 2020