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Coronavirus: Harrogate MP urges community to prepare for life after lockdown

Coronavirus: Harrogate MP urges community to prepare for life after lockdown

Published by Harry Long at 4:00pm 27th April 2020.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones is urging local businesses and community groups to plan for how they might come out of lockdown. 

  • Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones is urging local businesses and community groups to think about how they might come out of lockdown. 
  • It's after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country is "beginning to turn the tide" against the virus.  
  • But he insisted now is not the time the relax the restrictions.  

The call comes as the next lockdown review is due in just ten days time.

Boris Johnson said today that the UK is "beginning to turn the tide" in the fight against coronavirus, but insists now is not the time to relax the lockdown.

Andrew Jones said:

“I know people are becoming restless with lockdown.  It is affecting all our lives to a huge degree.  It has been essential though to get the transmission rate of coronavirus right down.  We aren’t quite there yet but we are moving in the right direction.  But to continue moving in the right direction we need to double down on our efforts to follow the clinical advice we are getting.

“As we emerge from lockdown that clinical advice will change and we must continue to follow it.  It will change because we want to re-open our businesses, our charities, our social lives and our communities in a safe way.  Those areas and businesses that demonstrate that they can re-open safely are more likely to re-open before those that cannot demonstrate that.

“This is why I am urging local businesses to look at a range of scenarios and plan for how they can function under those scenarios.  Those scenarios might include social distancing for an extended period, it might include opening for just a few hours a day at first, for businesses that necessarily involve human contact it might be how that contact can be minimised.  

“Businesses and community groups should also look at how they can tie in an online offer with limited opening hours maybe utilising a click and collect approach.  It may be that we need to plan how outlets can operate with fewer staff or how premises can be laid out to promote social distancing.

“Each business and each organisation will be different and need to think differently about how they respond to the easing of lockdown restrictions."