West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Prime Minister, which sets out further changes to lockdown measures in England.
From Saturday 4 July, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to re-open, providing they adhere to Covid Secure guidelines. People will be able to enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites, and some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also re-open if they can do so safely.
This change will certainly kickstart the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries and help our region’s economic recovery. However, while reducing social distancing to one metre will make a big difference to pubs and restaurants, it will only allow an extra one or two people on a bus so the travel advice remains the same – only travel on public transport if you have no other options and remember to wear a face covering. We all have a part to play in reducing the pressure on our public transport services. Please walk, cycle or use the car if you need to and avoid peak travel times if you possibly can.
I’m asking employers to do what they can to share government travel guidance with staff and support them to avoid travelling at peak times where possible, that includes continuing to work from home if possible, and changing start and finish times. I recognise that these measures aren’t possible for all types of businesses, but if all do what we can, we can make sure travel is as safe as it can be.West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles