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Hertfordshire County Council will be looking for a provider to supply 60 COVID Marshals to 10 districts throughout the County. Our vision for our COVID Marshal programme is to continue the service delivery to the residents of Hertfordshire from 1st July 2021, that Hertfordshire County Council implemented in Nov 2020. This will be in complement to the recovery of Hertfordshire from COVID-19 and there are some practical activities that we are keen to carry on throughout this programme of COVID Marshals;
i) Provide practical support to aid and encourage compliance, such as dedicated staff in public areas, business support, or support for individuals:
a) this can be collated through an intelligence led approach
ii) Introduce measures to aid public and business awareness and understanding of regulations and guidance:
a) dissemination of the COVID-19 guidance, including where additional local restrictions are in place.
b) engagement or tailored communications to sectors or groups.
This COVID Marshal Programme will be unable to be split into Lots as we require continuity over the whole COVID Marshal scheme and any single Lot may incur a higher rate of charges due the requirement of individual managers rather than one manager looking after 3/ districts.
This procurement is an Accelerated Open Procedure (one stage). Organisations wishing to take part in this project are invited to ‘express interest’ which will give access to the full procurement documents in the e-tendering system.
To be considered as a Bidder you must complete and submit a Bid by the deadline of 12:00 Noon on 14.05.2021.
Please allow sufficient time to make your return, as Tender submissions cannot be uploaded and submitted after this return deadline.
Any questions relating to this procurement must be made via correspondence on the website, in accordance with the procurement documents and can be addressed to the main contact as shown in the details above.
Tenderers should be aware that due to the nature of the Services provided, any Contract formed as a result of this procurement process shall be executed as a deed. Tenderers should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting their Tender, where appropriate.
Statement on the provision of Covid Marshals from July 2021
Statement from Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire County Council.
“A number of people have contacted the county council to raise concerns about an open contract on the Government website for the county council to recruit a further 60 Covid Marshals from July 2021. The proposed use of Covid Marshals is available to read alongside the county council’s wider approach to Covid-19 in the council’s Local Outbreak Plan.
“The Local Outbreak Plan, and as part of that the plan for Covid Marshals, was unanimously supported by two key countywide agencies based on guidance issued by Government. The Health Protection Board is a multi-agency Board set up on direction of Government to prevent and manage outbreaks. The Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG) of the Local Resilience Forum is a collaboration of all the public agencies in Hertfordshire and is tasked with ensuring the county is well prepared for all emergencies we may face.
“In line with the Government’s projections for the roadmap out of lockdown, we are working towards restrictions being eased by 21 June 2021, but we know that the virus is still circulating and will be for some time.
“We know from last year that numbers of infections can change rapidly, and Government are very clear that we should plan in case a third wave arises. It would be a dereliction of duty not to prepare for a third wave, at the same time as doing all we can to prevent it happening by keeping infections as low as possible so we can enjoy summer with no restrictions.
“Covid Marshals are a very effective asset in the fight against Covid-19 and one of the key ways we manage local outbreaks as they continue to occur in our communities. Feedback from Hertfordshire schools, businesses and health partners is that they provide reassurance and encourage simple but effective infection control measures such as social distancing, hand washing, face coverings and ventilation. For example, in the weeks leading up to Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap Covid Marshals visited nearly 4,000 businesses across the county to provide advice and guidance on reopening safely.
“The funding for this contract is provided by a Government grant and no council tax money is being used to fund the provision. Covid Marshals do not have enforcement powers and the recruitment of more Covid Marshals is not indicative of any increases in restrictions from July 2021 onwards.”