For the past 18 months our lives have been determined by Covid. It has cancelled plans, pushed businesses to the brink, and taken loved ones from us.
While the pandemic is far from over, our phenomenal vaccine rollout has put us in a position where we can learn to live with the virus.
Thank you to all of those working or volunteering in vaccination centres who have helped make this moment possible. I know just how important easing restrictions will be for local businesses – especially our pubs and the hospitality sector, and in making life worth living again for so many people.
Life will still be a long way from normal, but this is a huge step in our efforts to turn the tide on Covid. I’ll continue supporting people and businesses affected by Covid and do everything I can to help our local NHS and councils through these crucial next few months.
People will need to use their judgement more than at any point during the pandemic.
We know the risks from this virus and how quickly it can spread. It’s up to all of us to think about how our actions and decisions can keep ourselves and others safe. We have our freedoms back, let’s use them carefully.
Latest guidance can be found here.