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OPENING TIMES AT THE VILLAGE SHOP

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The Village Shop has just extended its opening hours. Here are the details from Karen and Ritchie

“Good morning everyone.

We are extending our hours except for ONE day so we have some time off together as a family. 

Please note we are still restricting the number to a maximum of TWO customers at any one time. Customers may wish to look around the shop so please be patient.

Monday. 7:30am to 3:00pm
Tuesday. 7:30am to 1:00pm
Wednesday. 7:30am to 3:00pm
Thursday. 7:30am to 4:00pm
Friday. 7:30am to 4:00pm
Saturday. 7:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday. 8:00am to 12noon
BH Monday. 8:00am to 12noon

Thank you and stay safe xx”

REMEMBERING THE COVID VICTIMS AND FRONT LINE WORKERS

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There will be two opportunities to come together to remember the losses and saviours of the Covid-19 Pandemic

A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW

Observe a household 1 Minute Silence and put a candle in  the window at 8 pm on Saturday to remember the victims of the pandemic and their bereaved relatives and friends

 

CLAP FOR THE NHS AND FRONT LINE WORKERS

A last clapping to celebrate 72nd anniversary of NHS and front line workers at 5 p.m. on Sunday

BLACK BULL TO OPEN ON 1ST AUGUST

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The Black Bull posted the following on Facebook yesterday.

***REOPENING on 1st AUGUST 2020***
The whole Black Bull team hope you are all keeping safe and well. To enable us to fully understand the details of the latest government guidelines on reopening, we have used our judgement to make the decision to delay our opening till 1st August. We feel the next steps to reopening need to be spot on, as the safety and welfare of our guests, our customers and our staff are of paramount importance. We will look at what works, doesn’t work and take our best practice – keeping everyone updated as our plans progress. This is so that when we welcome you back we can all have a safe and enjoyable experience at The Black Bull, Lowick. We look forward to seeing you all soon. 

SAFE OPENING TIME FOR TOURISM

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When will life start to return to normal? A message on Facebook on 24th June from The Black Bull provides a glimmer of hope. It is in response to the PM’s announcement, repeated in Lowick.Live, that restaurants and pubs may open on July 4th for customers if they can meet current requirements for social distancing.

The Management of the Bull is currently thinking out its next steps, presumably considering how it can meet the standards and open its doors at last. “The safety and welfare of our guests, our customers and our team will be of paramount importance,” it adds. “We will keep you up to date with our plans and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.”

Over at The White Swan Facebook page, it’s business as usual for its Friday and Saturday takeaway menu – but no sign of any consideration of the steps to opening for meals or drinks.

So it’s still wait and see for a return to normality for our two inns. The day will come when we can safely enjoy a socially responsible pint again.

Meanwhile, tourism is set to open its doors to visitors, and that includes the welcome return to the local economy of bed & breakfast accommodation and holiday cottages. Of course, the success of these businesses, and the attraction of the area, depends on there being local inns and restaurants to provide lunches and evening meals. It is difficult to know when to accept bookings, when you can’t guarantee the chance of an evening meal to your guests.

So for these business owners, as well as residents who look forward to meeting up again, the decision to open either or both pubs will be a bonus. The news – any news – of when this is likely to be will be very welcome.

In the meantime, we must stay safe, observe the social distancing and hygiene recommendations, and respect the worries of others for their own safety. Everyone involved in tourism locally, and making plans, is likely to be remembering that it will be disastrous for the villages in our area if tourism were to bring in the virus from elsewhere. Whether pub or B&B, getting the first visitors over the doorstep will be both good news and a challenge for staff and owners. It is important that everything is done to welcome guests whilst staying safe and protecting the community.

MP SPELLS OUT LOCKDOWN PHASE-OUT

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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

Holiday accommodation
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.

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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: annemarie.trevelyan.mp@parliament.uk or 01289 385150.

Best wishes

Anne-Marie Trevelyan