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Free Distance Aware Posters, Badges, Lanyards

Published: 2022-02-01 - Updated: 2022-03-14
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
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Synopsis: The Distance Aware scheme is designed to help those on the highest risk list, or anyone who feels worried about mixing with others, as we adapt to living with COVID-19. The shield symbol can be worn by anyone who would appreciate distance and consideration from others. It is not designed to identify those who have been shielding or who are at higher risk. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage the public to be more aware and considerate of others, and give those who are more worried the confidence that those around them will give them additional space.

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What is the Distance Aware Scheme?

Distance Aware is a Scottish voluntary scheme to encourage people to give space. The Distance Aware scheme is designed to help those on the Highest Risk List or anyone who feels worried about mixing with others as we adapt to living with COVID-19. Physical distancing has been an effective way of reducing an individual's risk of contracting COVID-19 and maintaining distance from others has been part of the Scottish Government's toolkit of protective measures during the pandemic.

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The Scottish Government has joined the scheme set up by the Bevan Commission and adapted it following research which showed that almost three quarters (73%) of people on the Highest Risk List said they would like to signal to others to give them extra space. The scheme is open to everyone in Scotland who would like extra space or care around them, for whatever reason.

Why is the Distance Aware Being Introduced?

Those living with health conditions, or those worried about contracting the virus for whatever reason, may be more worried about interacting with others in public settings such as shops, supermarkets, leisure or cultural venues, on public transport, and, in the workplace.

The shield symbol can be worn by anyone who would appreciate distance and consideration from others. It is not designed to identify those who have been shielding or who are at higher risk. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage the public to be more aware and considerate of others, and give those who are more worried the confidence that those around them will give them additional space.

Distance Aware Shield Examples.
Distance Aware Shield Examples.

Free Badges and Lanyards

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

The free badges and lanyards featuring the Distance Aware shield are now available for individuals to collect in libraries across Scotland. Badges are also available in ASDA stores and can be ordered online through participating charities. They can also be ordered from the Scottish Government website for a small postal fee.

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Distance Aware Poster reads - If you see someone wearing this symbol, please take extra care around them and give them some space.
Distance Aware Poster reads - If you see someone wearing this symbol, please take extra care around them and give them some space.

Distance Aware Quotes from Humza Yousaf, Marie Hayes, and Brian Boyle

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."

British Red Cross Scotland Director of Independent Living and Crisis Response Marie Hayes said:

"We fully support the aims of the Distance Aware campaign and will be proud to highlight the scheme to callers contacting our Connecting With You service. Many people are experiencing loneliness, and are fearful of going out of their own homes as a result of the pandemic."

"We believe Distance Aware can help overcome this and help them to re-engage with social activities. This could be invaluable in helping to tackle loneliness."

Asda Senior Director for Scotland Brian Boyle said:

"We are delighted to work with the Scottish Government to implement this scheme in Scotland. There has been interest in the free Distance Aware badges, particularly from our more vulnerable customers."

"As people become aware of the badge and its meaning, the more effective it will be in helping people to feel safer and less worried when they are out and about."

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Distance Aware Shields reads - Encouraging people to take care and respect the space of others.
Distance Aware Shields reads - Encouraging people to take care and respect the space of others.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Distance Aware Scheme - The Distance Aware scheme is designed to help those worried about mixing with others as we adapt to living with COVID-19. Find out how to get a Distance Aware badge or lanyard to show others you need more space. Some charities are also offering the badges and lanyards to order at a small charge.

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