Fylde MP pleased with lockdown regulation relaxation

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the latest relaxation in coronavirus regulations.

He said: “I am pleased to see more businesses being allowed to open again. Having spoken to businesses in Fylde and various trade organisations, I lobbied ministers to ask especially for the caravan and campsites to be able to open – they can do so with social distancing in place and those people bring money into our economy.

“All of these changes must be made with our safety in mind; we must also recognise that a shut-down economy also carries increased health risks.

“I am pleased more businesses will be opening, and I am sure they will do with proper checks and measures in place."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced changes to the regulations this week. He said people should remain 2m apart where possible, but that a 'one metre plus' rule would now be brought in.

Two households will be able to meet indoors, so long as social distancing is adhered to.

Pubs, restaurants, camping and caravan sites, theatres, cinemas, theme parks, zoos and museums are among those businesses now allowed to reopen with social distancing measures in place.

Discussions continue on how to reopen swimming pools, indoor play areas, gyms, and nail bars.

In the past week, Mr Menzies discussed reopening facilities with the tourism minister and various trade bodies.

He added: "This has been and continues to be a very trying time - but we will get through this together.

“Should any business owners feel they need more help or advice, I am more than happy to get in touch with ministers on their behalf."