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UK Local Elections 2021: Set Up Covid-Secure Polling Stations with Ability

With the UK rolling out vaccines on an unprecedented scale, local elections are set to go ahead on 6 May 2021 in English local councils. 6 May will also see elections for 13 directly elected mayors in England, as well as for 40 police & crime commissioners in England & Wales. Ability is standing with local councils, offering a full range of solutions to set up safe, distanced and Covid-secure polling stations. 

6 May 2021 will see thousands of voters take to the polling stations. However, the risk of coronavirus remains high, and local authorities must take a number of measures to protect election staff, volunteers and the general public. This is why the government has pledged an extra £31 million for protective screens, barriers and hygiene equipment in a bid to make the election as safe as possible.

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Facilitate Covid-Secure Elections with Ability

Ability is helping local authorities prepare polling stations in a way that is Covid secure:

– FAST SET UP: We’ve got the inventory and expertise to set up & install your safe polling station within days.

– RAPID DELIVERY: No-matter your location in the UK, we’ll deliver your safe polling station reliably & free of charge.

– AVAILABILITY: Regardless of the size or operational requirements of your polling station, we offer a level of product availability to confidently equip your premises. 

– FLEXIBILITY: Our protective infrastructure is fully flexible and adaptable to your changing needs. All screens and barriers can be easily moved to respond to your requirements on voting day.

Stay Safe & Socially Distanced on Voting Day

Ability wants to work with local authorities and council bodies to ensure the safest processes on election day. We’re providing a full inventory of protective infrastructure to guarantee social distancing, partitioning and the highest levels of hand hygiene:

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Ability is providing professional furniture hire services throughout 2021’s local elections. This includes a range of pieces that are ideal for both voters and electoral staff:

  • Trestle Table: Damp-proof, UV-proof, easily stored & easily washable
  • Seating: Stackable options available with both long & short term hire
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  • Clear acrylic screens in a 12mm thick PVC foam frame. These screens come with self-supporting feet and are raised 40mm off the desktop allowing you to pass items easily underneath. The total height of the desktop is 720mm.
  • Bespoke sizes available
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  • Ideal for controlling queues of people in polling stations or providing protection for electoral staff and volunteers. These PVC foam floor standing screens have strong, stabilising feet and are available with clear acrylic window panels.
  • Bespoke sizes are available.
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  • Ideal for ensuring social distancing at key locations in your polling stations, including queue and footfall management.
  • Ability currently offers belt barriers and crowd barriers for short & long-term rental.
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Ability is providing a comprehensive range of social distancing products to allow local authorities to better enforce this public health requirement. This range includes:

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Ensuring safe local elections means maintaining the highest possible levels of hand hygiene. Ability is helping local councils meet this demand with a selection of approved, certified and effective sanitiser products:

Safe Elections with Ability: Set Up in 3 Simple Steps

We’ll get through these elections together. Get started with our simple 3-step process:

  • Polling Station Identification: Once you’ve identified your polling station, just send us a plan or one of our team can visit the site to carry out a site analysis and evaluation.
  • Design: Our team will put together a CAD design layout with a full specification and a component list including fully priced options for your polling station.
  • Deliver & Install: Once the design is approved we will deliver & install it on-site within days.

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Why not call one of our friendly sales staff to discuss our Covid-Secure Polling Stations today and find out how we can help you now.

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