Temperature monitoring stations are now available across Middlesbrough to lessen the risk of residents catching and spreading coronavirus.

The initiative supports the on-going efforts to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus which is particularly important in Middlesbrough as the town has a high number of Covid-19 cases.

Locations of the new stations include the Cleveland Centre, Hillstreet Shopping Centre and the Live Well Centre.

Staff from Public Health, Public Protection Service, Street Wardens, Cleveland Fire brigade and Middlesbrough Football Club are all contributing to the contact-free temperature checks. They are also offering health advice to attendees.

People in Middlesbrough are being urged to follow safety guidelines to lower the infections of COVID-19, including, remaining two-metres away from others, washing hands regularly and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “After three months of lockdown, it’s so important that we get the local economy going again.

“That brings with it particular risks for Middlesbrough which has been particularly vulnerable to this dreadful disease.

“That’s why we’re doing everything we can to help people stay safe and healthy while the town gets up and running again.

“Temperature guns can act as an indicator of possible infection and can help people keep themselves and others safe through testing, tracing and following the Government’s advice on self-isolation.”

“This is just one of a range of measures we’re putting in place to minimise potential transmission of the disease.

“We’re also doing all we can to help the town’s economic recovery and the last thing we want is another wave of coronavirus which could see businesses and local services having to close again.

“Members of the public also have to play their part in staying alert as Covid-19 continues to present a risk to health and to our local economy.

“If we work together, we will come through this, and Middlesbrough will continue to fulfil its amazing potential.”

For the latest local updates and information from Middlesbrough Council, visit: www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/covid19