WITH the United Kingdom COVID Alert system rating moving from Level 4 to Level 3, it has led to a continued slow reduction in restrictions and part of that has been the re-opening of Tamworth businesses.
As of June 15, non-essential retail shops have been allowed to open so long as they have taken measure to ensure both staff and customers can be safe. In Tamworth, the high streets stores, the market and parts of Ankerside have re-opened.
The hospitality, leisure and pub trades are not yet safe to open, and the town’s MP Christopher Pincher met with other Staffordshire MPs, Drayton Manor Park, Alton Towers, Molson Coors, the County Council and Visit England to discuss their approach to help these industries open safely and when appropriate.
Commenting, Christopher Pincher MP said: “The retail, hospitality, entertainment and pub industries are part of the lifeblood of Tamworth. It employs thousands of residents, supports families and in some cases puts us on the map. I am very keen to help support businesses as they adapt to this new style of shopping.
“On the weekend, I popped to see the re-opened market, chatted to stallholders and saw that residents were doing a great job of shopping safe. Every time I am in town, I always find myself buying something from Tamworth Toolbox and so headed over and chatted to the owner Derek about how we get Tamworth thriving again (and of course left with a bag of shopping). Also good to swing by the Tamworth Brewing Co and see George and his team selling those last-minute Father’s Day gifts – I heard they sold out!
“Remember, keep safe as you shop and support our local and independent shops where you can.”
Today (Tuesday), Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the next stage of measures to ease the lockdown process.
During his address to the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said that the ‘cautious’ relaxation of the guidance is ‘entirely conditional’ on the UK’s ‘continued defeat of the virus’ and he would ‘not hesitate’ to reapply the brakes and reintroduce restrictions – even at a national level – if there is a surge in new infections.
Some of the key changes announced:
- The 2m social distancing rule will be relaxed to “one metre plus” where 2m is not possible, such as in pubs/restaurants.
- People will be able to meet in unlimited numbers from one other household at a time indoors with social distancing or outdoors.
- Pubs and restaurants can reopen indoors and outdoors with safety measures such as table-only service. Hotels, B&Bs, campsites, caravan parks, hairdressers, playgrounds, museums, galleries are among the businesses that can reopen – but shared areas must be kept clean.
- Nightclubs, spas, indoor soft play areas, bowling alleys, indoor gyms and nail bars are among the businesses that can’t reopen at this stage.