Com­mons Sense

Windsor & Eton Express - - Viewpoint - By Wind­sor MP Adam Afriyi

I was over the moon to see the smooth re­open­ing of so many of our hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses last week­end.

It was a great plea­sure for me to be out and about once again to wit­ness pubs, cafes, and restau­rants ready, will­ing and able to serve cus­tomers safely across the Wind­sor con­stituency.

Many of our lo­cal busi­nesses have been through tough times over the past few months, and their re­silience has been noth­ing short of ex­traor­di­nar y.

Just as we had a duty to stay home to pro­tect our NHS and front­line work­ers, in many ways I feel we now have a duty to go out and pro­tect peo­ple’s liveli­hoods if we can safely af­ford to do so.

By go­ing out to the lo­cal pub, restau­rant, café, or hair­dresser you are not just sup­port­ing busi­ness own­ers, but you are also sup­port­ing the liveli­hoods of their em­ploy­ees, con­trac­tors, part-time staff, trainees and those of their sup­pli­ers.

To stop the rapid spread of the virus it was right that the Gov­ern­ment stepped in to sup­port work­ers through the gen­er­ous fur­lough and self-em­ployed schemes.

It is also right that we now im­ple­ment mea­sures to en­cour­age busi­nesses to safely re-open their doors so that our econ­omy can get go­ing again to pro­tect the jobs and liveli­hoods of mil­lions of peo­ple across the countr y.

Through­out this en­tire cri­sis the Gov­ern­ment has aimed to strike a bal­ance be­tween pri­ori­tis­ing pub­lic health and main­tain­ing nor­mal life. The risks are fall­ing and I am there­fore pleased to see to see our coun­try get go­ing as fast as it is safe to do so.

Whilst I will be ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing con­stituents to get out and sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and to re­unite with loved ones, I must stress that we all have a duty to act re­spon­si­bly.

Whether you’re a busi­ness owner or a cus­tomer, we must do our best to re­spect the rules.

This com­plex tran­si­tional pe­riod is go­ing to be tricky to po­lice and en­force.

Any­one who tries to bend the rules in their favour will need­lessly put them­selves and oth­ers at risk of caus­ing lo­cal out­breaks un­nec­es­sar­ily.

The Gov­ern­ment has been clear that it not hes­i­tate to im­pose lock­downs on lo­cal author­i­ties should in­fec­tions be­gin to rise again.

So please stay alert, act re­spon­si­bly, and en­joy your sum­mer sen­si­bly.

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