New Distance Aware scheme launched as people learn to live with Covid

Free badges and lanyards are being made available to people who wish to show others they would welcome additional space and extra care while out in public.

Mark Dowie
Tuesday, 25th January 2022, 12:27pm
New Distance Aware scheme launched as people learn to live with Covid

The Distance Aware scheme is a voluntary initiative to help those on the Highest Risk List or anyone who feels worried about mixing with others as communities adapt to living with Covid-19.

The Scottish Government has joined the scheme set up by the Bevan Commission and adapted it following research which showed that almost three quarters of people on the Highest Risk List said they would like to signal to others to give them extra space.

From this Friday, January (26), the badges and lanyards with the easily-recognisable shield symbol will be available for free from all community and mobile libraries in Scotland.

Badges will also be free from Asda stores across the country and can be ordered from the Scottish Government website for a small postal fee.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We are beginning to adapt to living with Covid-19 but we know that, for some people who have been at higher risk or feel anxious about going out in public, this is a big step.

“This scheme not only provides vital reassurance to anyone who chooses to wear a badge or lanyard, but also encourages us all to be more aware and considerate of those around us – as we simply don’t know their circumstances or concerns.

“I hope this will help people feel more confident and comfortable to go about their daily lives.

“The shield symbol can be worn by anyone.”

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