RESIDENTS are being asked to show respect and keep their distance when encountering Slough Borough Council’s staff.

Locals are being urged by the council to adhere to government’s guidelines and keep 2m apart while out providing the same level of waste, recycling and green bin collection, as before the coronavirus pandemic, tending to parks, verges, fixing potholes and cleaning the streets.

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Like NHS staff, council staff are also classed as key workers and have been keeping vital services running during the crisis.

As well as working out and about across the borough everyday, staff have been working behind the scene assessing business grants, addressing increased need in adult social care and providing critical services.

Josie Wragg, chief executive, said: “Unfortunately, some of our staff feel members of the public have got too close to them and made them feel unsafe.

“We are grateful to our workforce which has continued to provide significant services during this public health crisis.

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“Council workers have performed a sterling job and have the right to carry it out without encountering abuse or being put in danger. Therefore, we ask residents to observe social distancing and allow them continue to work in safety. Please help them to help you.”