COVID Signage Vandalised And Stolen

There have been reports of COVID signage having been vandalised around the UK, and even stolen. The town council of Fordingbridge, Hampshire recently voiced their concerns after several signs for the town’s COVID vaccination centre went missing.

The Salisbury Journal reports that the missing signs that gave directions to the vaccination centre at Fordingbridge Hospital had ‘disappeared’, confusing elderly members of the public who were coming into the town for their life-saving jab.

Councillor Diane Paton said the signs were very much needed, and the council heard evidence of how people had become lost in the town centre, even driving the wrong way down one-way streets in confusion.

Meanwhile, in Cork, Ireland, Rangers at Ballincollig Regional Park had been having to regularly change COVID-19 signs around the park as they are repeatedly defaced with graffiti and spray paint.

A spokesperson for Cork City Council’s Parks and Recreation Department told Cork Beo: “We are disappointed that these signs are being regularly defaced.

“They carry important health and safety messages for people using the Park for exercise which is so necessary and vital for people in this pandemic.”

In the UK, the message from the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (NYLRF), which represents the county’s key agencies tackling the virus, after repeated vandalism of signage advising the public to ‘stay local’ is that the behaviour is ‘unacceptable’, and shows ‘contempt for life’.

According to North Yorkshire County Council, Louise Wallace, the  Director of Public Health said: “We would like to thank the majority of people who are sticking to the lockdown rules and respecting the measures we are putting in place to stop the spread.

“It’s very disappointing to hear such acts of vandalism are happening and that a minority of people aren’t taking seriously the great danger to life that the virus poses. In central and western parts of the county up to 70 per cent of new Covid infections are attributed to the new variant.”

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