The Government has announced tourism and visitor attractions will reopen in England from 4 July.
Up to 425 businesses in Bishop Auckland are set to benefit from the easing of lockdown rules, following the MP’s support for reopening.
Local MP, Dehenna Davison has welcomed the re-opening of the tourism sector on 4 July, giving a boost for up to 245 accommodation and food services and 180 arts, entertainment, recreation and other businesses across Bishop Auckland. Davison is calling on local residents to show their support for businesses following a challenging three months.
Because of the efforts and sacrifice of the British people, statistics now show that 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 this week 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.
Dehenna is urging residents to show their support to businesses reopening across Bishop Auckland and Teesdale, to help them bounceback.
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.
Commenting, Dehenna said:
“The last three months have been challenging for us all, especially those who own businesses. Thanks to the efforts of people in Bishop Auckland we are able to ease some of the lockdown rules and re-start the economy again.
“I am delighted we have now reached a point where we can allow people to take a much needed holiday and enjoy everything our amazing town has to offer. I hope to see as many people as possile get out to support our local tourism and hospitality businesses which are reopening again.
“Safety is of paramount importance and it is vital that social distancing rules and safety guidance are adhered to, and local people as well as our guests feel safe and I will continue to press that.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said:
“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.”