As the world slowly starts to return to some form of normality, people are going out more.
But some people aren’t sticking to guidelines as carefully as others.
And for vulnerable people keen to be able to leave the house after months of shielding, those guidelines are really important.
To help, four people have come together to create the Distance Aware badge.
Helen Iliff is a trainee anaesthetist based in Wales but she has been shielding since lockdown started.
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To ease concerns about returning to work for Helen and others, she joined forces with Joe Dennett, Rob Donaldson and Dan Gaffney, who are all advertising professionals who were made redundant.
They decided to make the ‘Distance Aware’ badges as a polite reminder to people to stay two metres away.
Current government guidance is that you should stay two metres away from people, or one metre with risk mitigation if two metres is not possible.
The website explains: ‘Maintaining social distancing is everyone’s responsibility going forward and this campaign aims to act as a polite reminder to maintain respectful distancing around others when possible.’
The symbol is a yellow shield with two arrows to show the need to stay apart.
The badges are not specifically for those with health conditions or those who have been shielding but for anyone who wants to remind others of the need for social distancing.
They presented the idea to the Welsh Government on 30 June and just two days later, they endorsed the idea.
An initial batch of 130,000 badges and 40,000 lanyards have now been made, which are now available for distribution for free through NHS services in Wales.
They hope to encourage the other nations of the UK to endorse the symbol too.
The idea has been embraced by charities too, including Marie Curie, Kidney Care UK and Lymphoma Action, with some offering the badges for sale on their website.
Kidney Care UK is offering the badges free of charge for kidney patients and their families who need them.
As well as the badges and lanyards, the Distance Aware team has created a site with resources for businesses and organisations to download the symbol and adapt it for their needs.
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