The Prime Minister has set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.
New Covid-19 guidance:
Under the new guidance, from Saturday the 4th July 2020:
- Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
- Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures and people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites – this includes campsites and caravans.
- Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen in order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.
- Weddings can also take place, with up to 30 attendees, and places of worship will be allowed to hold services but singing will be banned.
Following a review, the Prime Minister set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.
As we begin to reopen the economy, it’s important that we do not increase the risk of transmission which is why ‘close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas will need to remain closed for now. The Government is continuing to work with these sectors to establish taskforces to help them to become COVID Secure and reopen as soon as possible.
While the infection rate continues to fall, the Prime Minister has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control. The Government will keep all measures under constant review and will not hesitate to apply the handbrake, or reverse measures, should the virus begin to run out of control.
You can read the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament in full here.
Invitation to Zoom residents’ meeting – 7pm, Tuesday 30th June 2020:
I know many constituents will have questions as a result of the new guidance and the phased recovery plan.
So, at 7pm on Tuesday 30th June 2020, I’ll be holding another Zoom ‘virtual residents’ meeting’ for Amber Valley constituents to discuss Covid-19 guidance and the latest on Brexit.
If you’re a constituent and would like to attend, please reply to this email or email email@example.com and I’ll send you the link to join the meeting.
As always, if you have a personal or specific issue you would like to raise with me, or for a virtual surgery appointment, do also continue to contact me by replying to this email or by ringing 01773 744341.
In Parliament & Committees:
Parliament and committees are all running and working, and you can follow parliamentary business on Parliament.live.tv here.
I’ve been continuing to participate in select committee meetings and asking questions in the House. In Parliament, I’ve raised the issue of debating public sector procurement to make sure local businesses who have stepped up to provide PPE equipment have a fair chance at bidding for longer term national contracts – I know this is an issue which has been raised with me by many constituents, so I’ll keep highlighting this issue and you can read my recent question on this in full here.
Also over the last few weeks, I’ve again raised the issue of tackling corruption (which you can read about here) and, following a select committee interview with Michel Barnier, the UK-EU trade negotiations (which you can find details about here)
As always, if there are any street repairs in your area, such as potholes, pavement repairs or broken street lights, you can report these issues and concerns to me quickly and easily here so I can ask for the repairs to be investigated and addressed.
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