COVID-secure election campaigning will go ahead

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Individual activists will be able to campaign outdoors in a COVID-secure way from 8 March, ahead of the English local elections in May.

New government guidance published today will enable free and fair elections, striking the necessary balance to protect public health and ensure voters can make informed choices.

From 8 March, rules will allow for individual campaigners to deliver leaflets and to engage with electors on their doorsteps – but they should always be socially distanced and not enter inside people’s homes.

Outdoor activity remains prohibited until this point and it is vital the current national lockdown rules continue to be followed.

Constitution Minister, Chloe Smith, said: “Democracy should not be cancelled because of COVID. Voters appreciate being well-informed and campaigning is an important part of effective elections. The guidance I have set out today can give voters and candidates confidence that free and fair elections can be delivered on 6 May and, most crucially, in a COVID-Secure way.

“I urge political campaigners to continue to show social responsibility, and for parties, agents and candidates to ensure that their campaigners understand the clear rules.”

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