Covid-19 marshals are being deployed in Rugby town centre, to offer advice to businesses given the current restrictions.
Venues such as restaurants and bars can no longer remain open past 10pm and some businesses are finding this is reducing their trade.
The marshals, who also act as Rugby Borough Council’s Community Wardens are the first of their kind in Warwickshire and will work alongside the current Rugby Street Pastors and Rugby First Bid Rangers.
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The marshals will have multi-disciplinary powers and responsibilities covering littering and environmental crime, antisocial behaviour and support for licensed and food premises.
The police will remain responsible for dealing with any criminal behaviour.
In a full council meeting, held on September 24, Rugby’s Mayor, Cllr Bill Lewis, said: “Tonight, community wardens will be in the town centre to offer residents and businesses, advice and guidance on the new rules for pubs and restaurants.
“They are the first Covid marshals to be deployed in the county and they will compliment the work of the Rugby Street Pastors and the Rugby First Bid Rangers.
“We hope that they will be well received and will have a positive impact on our evening economy.”
During the meeting, the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the town was addressed.
Cllr Lewis said the current infection rate for the area is around 60 cases per 100,000 people explaining it is “much higher than elsewhere in the country”.
He continued, saying: “I must acknowledge the effort of all of our citizens in keeping the rate of infections in the borough low until now however, we must all remain vigilant.
“We know that the measures that we all took earlier in this pandemic are still successful at beating this virus.”