Philip Dunne MP has welcomed the re-opening of the tourism sector on 4th July, giving a boost for up to 600 businesses in South Shropshire, and called on people to show their support for businesses following a challenging three months.
Thanks to the efforts and sacrifice of the British people, we are bringing coronavirus under control and meeting the five tests set out by the Government needed for the safe reopening of parts of our economy. The Prime Minister has therefore set out further changes to lockdown measures in England, to ensure people can see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back to the jobs they love.
As part of this careful easing, from this coming Saturday 4th July, pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to Covid Secure guidelines, and some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen if they can do so safely.
Mr Dunne is urging people to show their support to businesses reopening in South Shropshire to help them bounce back.
The Government is publishing detailed guidance to help tourist attractions and accommodation venues to re-open safely, such as by social distancing and cleaning protocols. A new industry standard will also be introduced by Visit England, so that the public can easily see if the venue is carrying out the new rules.
While the infection rate continues to fall, the Prime Minister has been clear that the public must continue to follow new social distancing guidelines, at 1 metre with mitigation measures, to keep coronavirus under control. The Government will keep all measures under constant review.
Mr Dunne said:
“Thanks to the efforts of the British people to control the virus, I am delighted we have created the space to allow people to take a much-needed holiday and enjoy everything South Shropshire has to offer.
“I hope people get out to support the tourism and hospitality businesses which are reopening and which are so vital to our local economy and jobs.
“Safety is of paramount importance and it is vital that social distancing rules and safety guidance are adhered to, and local people as well as our guests feel safe.
I also urge visitors to act responsibly by maintaining social distance measures, parking considerately for local residents, and taking litter away with them from public places.”