23rd June 2020

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of further easing of restrictions, to enable people to see more of their friends and family and get the economy going. 

From Saturday 4th July, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. At long last, from 4th July families and friends in two households will be able to meet up in any setting, with social distancing measures, and people can now enjoy staycations in Shropshire with the reopening of accommodation, whether hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camping sites.

If able to so safely, outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres will be able to reopen. 

Following a review into the social distancing rules, the Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, government guidance will change to allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigation measures which reduce the risk of transmission.

Mr Dunne said: “I am delighted the Prime Minister has now declared it safe for a further easing of restrictions, reopening elements of the tourism and hospitality sector, so vital to the South Shropshire economy. 

The ability for two households to meet is good news for families and friends reuniting, and will mean a great deal to many who have not seen loved ones due to COVID19. 

Clearly, the threat has not completely passed, and sensible measures to stay safe – including one metre plus – are important and necessary. But this is an important step on the road back to normal, which will be widely welcomed by many in Shropshire.”

Philip Dunne MP

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