Easing the lockdown

In his speech to the House of Commons on Tuesday the PM outlined a number of important changes to lockdown rules to come into effect from 4 July.  These include:

  • People should still stay 2 metres apart if they can, but this can be reduced to least 1 metre apart as long as there are mitigations in place.
  • Two households will be able to meet inside, in any setting.
  • Pubs and restaurants will be re-opened, but limited to table service.
  • People will also be able to stay in hotels and on camping and caravan sites
  • Hairdressers will also be able to reopen, so long as there are precautions in place

It’s good news that we are in a position to ease the lockdown but it’s still a real balancing act between keeping people safe and allowing businesses to get up and running.

The leisure, tourism and hospitality industry have been impacted quite badly throughout the pandemic with many having to close or vastly reduce or change their services. 

This is also a really important sector for us here in Staffordshire too, worth around £1.8 billion each year and employing over 33,000 people.  But with these new rules and a firm opening date in place, businesses now have enough time to adapt to the new working guidelines.

We’ve supported our local businesses throughout the crisis, and we’ll continue to help them get back up and running, as well as pushing ahead with our plans to attract even more investment and grow our economy.

The easing of restrictions is also great news for families, especially when coupled with yesterday’s announcement about relaxing the guidance on shielding, as it means they can spend more time together.

As the Prime Minister said, COVID-19 has not gone away, so it is important people keep following the guidelines and keep themselves and everyone around them safe.

As always, the latest Coronavirus advice is available here

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