Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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13 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 tms-aldershote­ Letters page, News & Mail, Stoke Mill, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1QA EMAIL: POST: n n Alan Markham captured this great image of Axe Pond on Frensham Common and posted it on the Get Surrey Flickr group under the title “Sunsetting and Silhouette­s” PHOTO of the week Westminste­r View Ranil Jayawarden­a – North East Hampshire MP POINTS OF VIEW IN my last update, I explained that HM Government is doing all that it can to help you see more of your friends and family, get businesses back on their feet and get people back to work. This is no easy task. But, as the Prime Minster said: “As we plan for the worst, I strongly believe we should also hope for the best.” We are recovering. The current R-rate across Britain is between 0.8 and 0.9. We now know much more about the virus – our intelligen­ce network is in full flow thanks to the NHS track and trace scheme, which means we can see where it is spreading and target it through localised restrictio­ns. To make sure we can react quickly, we’re devolving powers to local authoritie­s, enabling them to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces and cancel events to stop the virus in its tracks in cases of localised ‘spikes’. This being said, as we learn more about the virus, HM Government has to use this data and make tough decisions to ensure you and your families are safe. On Friday (July 31), the Prime Minister announced that some changes planned for August 1 will be postponed for two weeks, meaning August 15 at the earliest. This means that bowling alleys, skating rinks and other close contact services must remain closed and that indoor performanc­es will not resume. Further guidance has also been updated and I have condensed it below: Face coverings – Currently we must, by law, wear a face covering on both public transport and in shops. From August 8, we need to in other indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and in places of worship. Self-Isolation – The selfisolat­ion period has been extended from seven to 10 days for those in the community who have coronaviru­s symptoms or a positive test result. Travel – Spain and Luxembourg have been removed from the travel corridors exemption list, meaning you must self-isolate for 14 days if you arrive back from either country. The Foreign and Commonweal­th Office has updated its guidance to reflect this change and now advises against all non-essential travel. Sports and outdoor activities – We can now participat­e in team and other sports where the sport’s governing body has issued guidance on how to do so safely. Sadly, the planned pilots of crowds in sports venues and conference centres have had to be postponed until August 15 at the earliest. Swimming – I know that my daughter has missed her swimming lessons terribly, so it’s fantastic that indoor swimming pools and water parks can now re-open. Outdoor pools and water parks have been able to since July 11. Outdoor theatre – Outdoor performanc­es in front of a live audience, and indoor rehearsals, can take place in Covid-secure venues. Beauty – Close contact services, such as nail bars, salons, spas and massage parlours, can open for some services that can be conducted within Covid-secure guidance. Thank you once again to everyone across North East Hampshire for following the guidance. I don’t pretend it’s been easy. Nor do I presume that we’ve been able to do everything that you might have wanted us to do. But it is because of your sacrifice and our fabulous community spirit that we are defeating this terrible virus and getting back to a sense of normality. l l l l l l Official guidance continues to evolve, however the informatio­n in this article was correct as of August 4. n l PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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