Rachel has welcomed the re-opening of the tourism sector on July 4th, giving a boost for up to 340 businesses in Redditch, and called on residents to show their support for businesses following a challenging three months.

Now that coronavirus is being brought under control and the Government’s five tests are being met, the Prime Minister has set out further changes to lockdown measures in England.

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.

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.

Last Friday (June 19th), Rachel visited Hanbury Hall, which is in the Redditch constituency, with the Tourism Minister, Nigel Huddleston MP, to welcome the re-opening of National Trust sites. National Trust properties are now open though you must book in advance.

Rachel said: “I hope people get out to support the tourism and hospitality businesses which are reopening and which are so vital to our local economy and jobs.

“Safety is of paramount importance and it is vital that social distancing rules and safety guidance are adhered to, and residents as well as our guests feel safe and I will continue to press that.”