I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have raised concerns related to the new lockdown measures that have come into place.
I appreciate that the lockdown restrictions are incredibly difficult, but I believe a timely intervention is necessary if we are to protect our NHS and ensure it is not overwhelmed during these winter months.
The legislation enacting these new measures is time-limited, but as the current situation has shown, we must be guided by the facts. Measures must continue to be proportionate to the risk the virus poses, and the impact on the economy, livelihoods, and personal freedoms cannot be too great, something which I know decision-makers consider very carefully.
I appreciate that these stricter measures impact on all of our lives and I understand the concerns that have been raised, but we must comply and play our part in saving lives and protecting vulnerable people.
Many constituents have raised concerns relating to specific closures of facilities, for example, golf courses, gyms, tennis clubs, and places of worship. I appreciate that this is particularly difficult for the many who attend, however, please be assured that I have written to the relevant Departments and Ministers in order to express the general sentiments of my constituents and to request that these facilities be made ‘essential’ should our community be moved back into the tiering system after the second lockdown ends on 02 December.
Furthermore, I understand this is difficult for many businesses who have been asked to close, but I am pleased that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until March in response to the new restrictions. Should you have any individual concerns relating to the restrictions, please do not hesitate to email my office and we will be happy to assist you.