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Community safety during Covid-19

Enforcement - who to report what to

During the national restrictions you may not be sure who to contact, how to report or who is responsible for what during the lockdown

Social distancing

When you go out, please keep two metres distance between you and other people at all times. Everyone has a responsibility to their families and community in respecting the terms of this lockdown. Thousands have tragically lost their lives, and we hope residents will observe the new rules. 

Households are also banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens, unless in a support bubble. Whilst you can go out for exercise and recreation, you can only meet one person outside your household.

Any breaches of the regulations such as households mixing or gatherings should be reported online wherever possible. You can also report online to Dorset Police.

Reporting issues about local businesses

You can report premises that are open when they should be closed and those allowed to open but not following safety guidelines online

Issues regarding businesses not operating safely during lockdown or businesses that are operating that shouldn’t can also to be reported to us.

Reporting issues about anti-social behaviour

ASB and noise nuisance during lockdown should also be reported to us online or alternatively you can call out of hours.

  • Report issues in Bournemouth online or call 01202 451145 
  • Report issues in Christchurch online or call 01202 795000 
  • Report issues in Poole online or call 0800 506050 

Covid Marshalls

Seven new Covid Marshals started work in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas on Saturday 31 October to support with compliance of Covid-19 rules and social distancing. They will wear high-vis jackets, highlighting their role as Covid Marshals.

What Covid Marshalls do

The Marshals will work alongside the Police, CSAS, BID Rangers and Regulatory services in order to provide a visible presence in priority areas, they will signpost businesses and residents to guidance and advice and refer information to Regulatory Services for further action as required. 

What the Covid Marshalls do during lockdown 

We are currently looking at redeploying our Covid Marshalls to other areas across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to support where they are most needed. As we anticipate town centres will be quieter during this time, they may be patrolling other local neighbourhood shopping areas where needed.