COMMUNITY groups are coming together to spread the new advice on coronavirus guidelines.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has joined forced with Lancashire BME Network, Youth Action, IMO Charity, Lancashire Council of Mosques, Brookhouse Development Group, BwD Healthy Living and One Voice Blackburn on the work.

The groups will commence community outreach work giving out information packs for businesses, retailers and the public.

The packs include free face coverings, laminated posters for businesses, information on the local help hub and leaflets with advice and guidance on the local measures.

Information will go out via mosques and madrassahs and the groups will set up a series of pop up stands in locations across the borough handing out leaflets, hand sanitizer and face masks.

Naz Zaman, Lancashire BME Network, said:"Blackburn has a strong and resilient community spirit. We can’t risk another lockdown. We all have a responsibility to act with caution and follow the government guidelines.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “It is good to be able to reassure our residents that we are working with these prominent local organisations to help get the message out to everyone that life cannot go back to normal just yet and we must all make sacrifices to avoid a local lockdown.

"We will get through this together.”