WARRINGTON South MP Andy Carter is urging people to support the tourism and hospitality industry ahead of reopening on July 4.
He has welcomed the re-opening of the tourism sector giving a boost for up to 520 businesses in Warrington South and called on people to show their support for businesses following a challenging three months.
Mr Carter said: “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 Saturday 4 July, pubs 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.”
Meanwhile the Government will also be 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 social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control. The Government will keep all measures under constant review.
Mr Carter added: “People across Warrington have made huge efforts to help get this dreadful virus under control, we’ve made great progress and created the space to allow people to start to make the most of the brilliant hospitality venues that Warrington has to offer.
“I hope people get out to support local businesses which are re-opening, and which are so vital to our local economy and jobs. I’ve asked Warrington Council to look at what steps they can take to encourage café pavement culture wherever we can, so that we can make the most of summer outdoor eating.
“We’ve also got some great days out locally, from trips on the Bridgwater Canal to Gulliver’s Theme Parks and Chester Zoo on our doorstep, all employing local people and supporting the North West economy. Safety is of paramount importance and it is vital that social distancing rules and safety guidance are adhered to – but let’s go and support our brilliant local businesses.”
The Government will also be publishing detailed guidance to help tourist attractions and accommodation venues to re-open safely, such as by social distancing and cleaning protocols. Government will do all it can to support British Seaside towns so that this year we can all enjoy a staycation safely.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden added:“This is a significant moment for the UK’s fantastic tourism and hospitality businesses and the bounce back can now begin on July 4th. Across the country people have been looking forward to taking a day trip, weekend break or staycation following their efforts in lockdown over the past three months. Britain deserves a break and I hope people get out, support tourism businesses and enjoy a break safely.”