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Include a BSL interpreter with all televised COVID-19 briefings.

Submitted by Rebecca Atkinson on Tuesday 5th January 2021

Published on Wednesday 13th January 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 13th July 2021

Current Signatures: 321
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Government ~ Lockdown ~ measures ~ Ministers ~ Prime Minister ~ Sage ~ The Government ~ The Prime Minister

Petition Action

Include a BSL interpreter with all televised COVID-19 briefings.

Petition Details

The Government should provide a BSL interpreter to go alongside all televised COVID-19 announcements, be that a daily briefing or a lockdown announcement.

Additional Information

Those who use BSL as their only language may have a different set of grammar rules to spoken English. This means that the information conveyed by the Prime Minister, members of SAGE, etc, may not be fully understood to those who only use BSL.

Having a BSL interpreter at all COVID-19 briefings would allow for deaf people and other BSL users to have a better, more immediate understanding of the pandemic and the measures the Government is taking, saving more lives, in particular, deaf lives.


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