Astronaut reminds everyone to MAKE SPACE in Milton Keynes!

Wednesday 2 December 2020


Milton Keynes Council has launched an ‘out of this world’ COVID-19 prevention campaign to catch the attention of residents and visitors in Milton Keynes.

Local astronaut Commander Neil Armslength has been exploring the city, reminding people to follow national guidance when they’re out and about. MK Council is asking people to make space in busy destinations in the run up to Christmas, whether that’s by taking a few small steps or one giant leap away from others.

The Make Space campaign coincides with the end of lockdown and MK’s move to tier 2 restrictions. Many businesses will reopen their doors from today and shoppers are expected to return to the city centre, high streets and local centres. MK residents are now also allowed to meet up to six others from different households, so long as they are outside.

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Commander Neil Armslength on his first spacewalk around MK.

Cllr Pete Marland, Milton Keynes Council Leader, said: “I want to thank everyone for their sacrifices during the lockdown. We’re finally starting to see the number of local COVID-19 cases reduce although 385 people tested positive in MK in the last week. It’s important we don’t undo all that effort. Nobody is over the moon about restrictions, but we must keep our number of cases going down and staying down."

“We’re not expecting anyone to invest in a space helmet, but we do ask everyone to wear a mask in shops and public spaces, follow guidance such as one-way systems, and of course to make space.”

The campaign will appear across Milton Keynes from today, 2 December on outdoor advertising, banners, bus shelters, digital displays, radio advertising and social media.

If you’re lucky, you may also spot Commander Neil Armslength in person. Please do not approach him closely for selfies but feel free to share any sightings online, tagging #makespace.

For the latest updates from Mission Control, you can follow Milton Keynes Council on SpaceBook and Twitter.

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