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|Further guidance on the new measures
Since my email yesterday which outlined the changes being introduced from 4th July, the detailed guidance has been published on how each sector can open safely.
I thought it would be useful to share that guidance to offer information for those who plan to re-open their premises and to offer reassurance to customers.
As you may have seen, the number of new infections of Covid-19 has fallen from 1,200 to around 650 per day in the last week, despite many of the restrictions having been eased. This is really good news, but we must remain cautious and follow the guidance on distancing. People should try to remain 2m from others, and 1m + (the + referring to precautions such as face coverings) if 2m is not possible.
There will likely be localised flare-ups, but with our test and trace system in place, we are able to control those and minimise their effects. If you are contacted by the NHS as part of their test and trace scheme, please do give them the information they need. Remember, they will not ask for a payment, your bank details or for any passwords or pin numbers. To find out what they will ask for, click HERE.
This sector has been badly affected by Covid-19, especially here in Northumberland where we rely on our fantastic tourism industry. I am pleased local accommodation sites will be able to start welcoming visitors back to Northumberland in a safe way. The general guidance for visitor attractions is HERE. More specific guidance for hotels and other guest accommodation is HERE.
Cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs
The sunny weather makes many of us yearn for a beer garden and a cool drink. The full guidance for our cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs is available HERE. Please have a read if you plan to support your local café or pub from 4th July, so you know what to expect.
Hair salons, beauticians and other “close contact” services
Many of us are in desperate need of a professional hair cut, and are keen to book in for a trim from 4th July. At present, only hair salons and barber shops are able to open from 4th July, but the advice HERE will apply for all “close contact” services when they are able to re-open.
Legislation to support the economy
On Monday 29 June, the Government is introducing the Business and Planning Bill to Parliament, which seeks to introduce measures to assist businesses in re-opening. You can read about it HERE. It is hoped the Bill will complete all its Commons stages on Monday, in order that the measures can be in place well before the 4th July opening date for the premises affected.
My team and I continue to work hard to help those who get in touch. I am operating telephone surgeries at present – please contact my team if you would like to make an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01289 385150.