AFTER months of lockdown there are several reasons to be more optimistic and cheerful – not only has the warmer spring weather elicited blossoms across our beautiful part of the world, the vaccinations programme continues apace and we have begun the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Over 30million people have now received their first vaccine – including me. I received mine at the Malvern Showground where I was impressed by the incredibly fast, efficient and friendly service.
We remain on track to meet the target of everyone over 50 being offered a jab by mid-April, and the entire adult population by the end of July. The vaccination programme is a key enabler of us getting back to life closer to normal.
We reached the year anniversary of the first national lockdown, which provided a good chance to reflect on the long journey we’ve undergone to fight this virus and the losses we’ve endured. I was heartened by the many acts of remembrance across the country.
We’ve also reached another key milestone in our route out of lockdown – with many outdoor activities restarting such as tennis, golf, swimming and grassroots organised sport. The rule of six is back and we can now meet up to six people or two households outdoors. It’s been uplifting to see people of all ages participating in the sports they love once more and to see the joy of small groups interacting and socialising again.
In Parliament, I participated in more questions and debate sessions on issues ranging from schools reopening and support for the fitness and leisure sectors, to concussion and brain injury in sport.
I also participated in a Transport Select Committee hearing about support for the tourism and coach industry.
As we near the next stage of easing restrictions, I’ve been working across departments to formulate the Tourism Recovery Plan and ensure our tourism industry is in a strong position to take advantage of the expected upturn in domestic and international tourism.
As restrictions ease I plan on getting out and about visiting people, businesses, and institutions across the constituency again – and I hope to report on more positive news about how the reopening is going in my next diary.
MP for Mid Worcestershire