Source: City of Wakefield
As Tier 3 restrictions come into force next week, Wakefield Council is helping to keep residents safe as rates of infection remain high across the district.
People visiting the city and town centres will be greeted by street marshals, employed by the Council to offer advice and general information as well as COVID specific information to residents and businesses.
They will also monitor compliance with COVID-19 regulations and point people in the direction of further advice and guidance if needed.
The street marshals will be recognisable by their high-visibility tabards and will be happy to answer any questions or address concerns that people might have about COVID-19 or in general about the district.
The majority of local businesses are following the restrictions in place and those that are permitted to remain open have worked extremely hard to make changes to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep their staff and customers safe. However, there are still some not adhering to the required safety measures.
Complaints or enquiries in relation to businesses not following the Covid-19 regulations are followed up by a telephone call, letter or a visit, determined by the risk and nature of the complaint.
Failure to follow the rules can result in fixed penalty notices being issued by the Council’s Enforcement Team. The fines issued by the fixed penalty notices are given as a last resort to premises that have already been offered support and guidance to put things right and protect people from the spread of coronavirus. Any business issued with a fine will have a period of 7 -10 days to challenge the notice.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for local businesses and I’d like to thank everyone for supporting and following the restrictions in place, and urge them to continue to do so.
“The vast majority of businesses that are allowed to stay open have worked incredibly hard to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for their staff and customers and the majority of residents work hard to follow restrictions too.
“Unfortunately, a small minority are not following the rules and we’ve seen instances of unacceptable behaviour towards our staff and personal attacks on social media. Please remember they are just doing their jobs, helping to create a safe environment for all as we do all we can to help stop the spread of the virus.
“Please show respect to key workers and those who are working hard to keep you safe.”
The Council is working hard to ensure businesses are following the latest guidance.
For further help and support, please visit the Council’s dedicated webpage for businesses at www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/ which has a range of FAQs to refer to including help with grants, cash-flow problems, tax liabilities, account managers they can talk to and advice on managing staff during the pandemic. Alternatively, please contact email@example.com or call 01924 306 630
Anyone wanting to report a venue in the Wakefield district that they believe isn’t operating safely should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 8 506 506.