Published Wednesday, 06 January 2021
The Leader of Coventry City Council has joined a regional call to increase COVID-19 safety measures in supermarkets and other businesses that remain open during the lockdown.
Cllr George Duggins and the six other local authority leaders in the West Midlands are calling for urgent action to help combat the rising number in infections.
They first wrote to Business Secretary Alok Sharma MP in November expressing concerns at the easing of safety measures in supermarkets.
Now, with cases continuing to rise across the region and the UK entering a new lockdown, they have renewed their call to protect shoppers and store staff.
Cllr Duggins said: "Supermarkets and their staff worked extremely hard during the first lockdown to introduce measures that kept shoppers and workers safe.
“Now we need a return to the measures and the vigilance we saw last year and that means sanitising, enforcement of the rules around face coverings and better social distancing, including the reintroduction of one-way systems.
“These are very worrying times and it is essential that stores are as safe as possible."
Council leaders believe retailers have a major role to play in keeping people safe over the coming weeks and months and have called for measures including:
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