ABC Council is Distance Aware!

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council is supporting the newly launched Be Distance Aware campaign.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:59 am

The new initiative - launched in February - aims to remind everyone of the need to maintain social distancing through the use of the Distance Awareness Shield. This consistent and instantly recognisable symbol, whether worn or displayed will act as an indicator to others that the wearer or organisation would like others to maintain a respectful distance whether possible.

Council - a distance aware organisation - is displaying Distance Aware Shield posters in its buildings and stocking campaign badges at reception desks of its main civic centres.

“As a council, we are pleased to get behind the Be Distance Aware initiative,” said Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage.

“For everyone, this simple but very effective campaign will help address some of the concerns of local people around the growing complacency of social distancing guidelines as well as the increasing anxiety of many, especially those in vulnerable groups, about contracting the virus. I would encourage all local residents when they see the Distance Aware Shield, whether in a council building or elsewhere, to show their support and be distance aware.”

Welcoming the Be Distance Aware campaign, Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kyle Savage said:

“In the fight against Coronavirus, maintaining social distancing is everyone’s responsibility. As an organisation we fully endorse this campaign and we are committed to keeping our employees and members of the public safe by being distance aware.”

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

The initiative is supported by the Department of Health, the Public Health Agency, and the Patient and Client Council.