PEOPLE in Middlesbrough will be able to have their temperature taken in public places from next month.

Middlesbrough Council will be offering the service as part of its attempts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

A team of council staff, alongside councillors, volunteers and partner agencies including MFC Foundation are also delivering leaflets to every home in the town over the coming days with information about the virus.

It aims to send the message "coronavirus hasn't gone away" and contains reminders about the continued importance of hand washing and social distancing, and information on Coronavirus testing and available support.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "People across Middlesbrough have made lots of sacrifices and I'd like to thank you for everything you've done.

"It's encouraging that the rate of infection appears to be slowing, but the risks from the coronavirus haven't gone away."

"And as more restrictions are relaxed, it's more important than ever that you protect yourself and everyone else.

"It's still vital to wash your hands regularly, stay at home as much as possible and keep your distance from others when outside.

"You can be part of a town-wide team effort to further slow the spread of infection.

"All of your actions have an impact on everyone else in Middlesbrough. Please consider your family, neighbours and everyone working in the NHS and our social care system."