RYEDALE District Council (RDC) has introduced a Covid Marshall to provide support and guidance to residents and businesses as part of the local coronavirus response.

The specially trained marshall will be carrying out patrols across the district to offer advice on COVID-19 Government guidance, helping with queues and social distancing and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

Working in tandem with the Council’s Town Centre Ambassador, the marshall will engage businesses to share best practice and encourage compliance with the rules. The role, which is funded through a Government grant, does not have enforcement powers. However, the marshall will work with partners and Council officers to report serious breaches as a last resort if needed.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of RDC, said: “The Covid Marshall is a welcome addition to Ryedale and one of the ways we can all work together to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep the district as safe as possible.

“Thank you to everyone who is following the guidance and playing their part to protect themselves, family, friends and the community. While we all need to stay home as much as possible during lockdown, the marshall will help you stay safe if you do need to go out during this challenging time.

“The marshall will also support businesses to continue to adapt to these challenging circumstances to ensure the safety of staff and customers.”