Over the last few weeks you have heard about COVID marshals, champions and ambassadors. We would like to clarify the approach that Elmbridge is taking.
Elmbridge Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Central Surrey Voluntary Action have come together to establish community champions for Elmbridge.
Launched on Wednesday 11 November, this group of volunteers is helping to support our communities by communicating clear and consistent messaging relating to COVID-19. They are also providing essential feedback to ensure our messages are reaching all our communities in the best way.
They will use local community groups, social media, WhatsApp groups, friends and family to communicate the facts and guidelines on COVID-19.
They will help disseminate council and Government information related to COVID-19.
Environmental health enforcement team
In March/April this year, Elmbridge’s environmental health enforcement team were active in the community, in our high streets, towns, villages and parades. They were ensuring businesses had the right advice in order to adhere to the lockdown regulations and answering any queries business owners and managers may have had. They adopted an educate and encourage approach.
They have stepped up into that role again. They are helping businesses to understand their obligations under the latest national restrictions. As a last resort they can use their enforcement powers, but they have found that an ‘educate and engage’ approach has worked best to date.
This is a term coined by Government and suggests enforcement of COVID rules and regulations. Councils around England have deployed ‘marshals’ in different ways. In Elmbridge, we will not use the term COVID marshals. We have our environmental health enforcement team and we have community champions. You may have also seen the term ‘COVID ambassadors’, this has been superseded in Elmbridge by the term ‘community champions’.
The Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council
“The best way forward for Elmbridge is for all of us to work together to communicate, support and advise accurate and current information on COVID-19 and I am extremely grateful to these community champions and our environmental health enforcement team for the hard work and commitment.”
Councillor Stuart Selleck, Leader, Elmbridge Borough Council