Aylesbury MP Rob Butler has welcomed confirmation that many local businesses will be able to reopen next Monday.
“Thanks to the hard work and many sacrifices of local people, as well as the success of Buckinghamshire’s testing and vaccination programmes, from next week we can visit the town centre and surrounding villages to shop or get a haircut, work out or enjoy a drink outside a pub.
“I’m delighted that so many Bucks businesses can reopen and help us build back better. This progress shows that our patience is paying off and I would like to thank everyone who stayed at home, minimised travel and reduced social contact. By doing so, they helped protect our NHS and no doubt saved countless lives.”
From Monday 12th April all shops can reopen, as well as hairdressers, gyms, and libraries. Outdoor eating and drinking at pubs and restaurants is also permitted in the second stage of the lockdown roadmap.
“The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for local businesses, many of which have had to close for several months. Buckinghamshire is home to more microbusinesses than any other county in the UK, and whilst the local and national funding has provided a vital safety net during the crisis, I’m pleased that many of them can now resume trading.
“The return of our indoor pools and fitness centres is more excellent news. I have previously spoken with constituents and ministers about the benefits of sport and exercise on our mental health and wellbeing, so I know how important the return of gyms and leisure centres will be for local people.
“Monday’s measures will mean that we continue to travel cautiously, but irreversibly, towards our normal way of life. The town centre management team has been working hard to prepare to reopen safely and I look forward to welcoming visitors back to our fantastic town and countryside. Little by little, together we can overcome coronavirus and make Aylesbury an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”