Voting will look a little different this year and people are being are reminded of what to expect in the polling stations to make them Covid-safe.

People are being asked to remember to wear a face covering, and bring their own pen or pencil, when voting on Thursday 6 May.

Everyone is also being urged to check their polling card as in some cases polling station locations have changed because the usual venue is too small to be made Covid-safe.

An emergency proxy vote will be available for anyone who needs to self-isolate, or becomes unwell as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day so can still cast their vote. These people should not attend the polling station.

This must be done by contacting the electoral registration team at your local district or borough council.

Polling stations will be kept clean, and ventilated as well as possible, with hand sanitiser available at the entrance and exit.

Angie Ridgwell, returning officer for the Lancashire County Council elections, said: "We have been making every effort to make sure polling stations are Covid-safe to protect people from the virus, and give everyone who has chosen to vote in person the confidence to cast their vote.

"There will be extra staff on hand to manage the numbers inside polling stations, and we're grateful for people's patience if they are asked to queue for a while.

"Pens and masks will be available for anyone who has forgotten them, but it will help things to run smoothly if people can please remember to bring their own."