Will Local Elections in The UK in 2021 be Dangerous Super-Spreader Events?
After the hardship endured by the population of The UK, and indeed the whole world, during 2020, it would be a great shame if the Local Elections were to cause a backward step. The other consideration is the load on the NHS at the moment. With hospitals at maximum capacity and hospital staff at emotional breaking point, If all precautions are not taking and followed by constituents and polling station staffers, it is a very real possibility that the 2021 local elections could be the straw that breaks the camels back on a National Scale.
Why Is There a Need For Privacy Screens and Booths at Polling Stations?
Polling stations are characterised by lines and large groups of persons. With the ongoing discovery of an increasing number of COVID-19 Varients that also transmit easier, it is of increasing concern that Local Election Polling Stations could be super-spreaders and possibly cause the 3rd wave. The UK has the advantage of seeing what has occurred in other developed countries when elections have been carried out as normal. 10 days after the USA General Elections Daily New Cases of COVID-19 Jumped from 92,612 cases to 181,196 cases per day. This was before there was the added threat of new fast-spreading variants.
COVID-19 Mitigation for Polling Stations Using Social Distancing Screens, Privacy Pods & Other Supplies
There is no single device or product that can give the maximum protection against the COVID-19 virus. However, there are a number of products that Rhino can supply from their Hygiene product range. Products included in this range that can be used at election polling stations are:
- Free-Standing Polling Station Screens with Shelf/Desk
- Mobile Screens with Casters
- Social Distancing Retractable Barriers for crowd control
- Social Distancing Floor Stickers
- Hand Sanitiser Stands
- Anti-Microbial Protection Films for surfaces and touch-points.
- Faceshields for Polling Station Staff
View all of our Election Polling Station Supplies here. Buy your supplies today to be fully prepared for 2021 Local Elections in your Constituency.