The warm and sunny weather has certainly boosted people’s spirits after all the worries and uncertainties of the virus lockdown. It’s also encouraging, as we begin to return to normal, that the majority continue to follow the Government guidelines that will make sure we protect ourselves, our families and our communities. I urge everyone to continue following the messages about social distancing, hand hygiene and face coverings, as they are making a difference. We can all see what happens when people ignore them from the local lockdowns elsewhere in the country.
Whilst virtual meetings continue to occupy much of my time, I’ve managed to visit in person many businesses and organisations around the constituency. I’ve heard about the challenges they continue to face, how they are preparing to re-open and their plans for recovery.
I’m looking forward to visiting many more throughout August including those in our fantastic hospitality sector. The hospitality industry is vital for the economy of the Great Yarmouth constituency. It was sobering to see all those familiar restaurants, cafes, and pubs in darkness throughout the lockdown period. Behind those closed doors were stories of business owners uncertain about the future and staff relying on the government’s furlough scheme to pay their wages.
These businesses have had a hard time during the virus lockdown and we can make sure that as they re-open they can survive through these continued uncertain times. By popping in for a bite to eat over the next few months we can demonstrate our support.
And we can all take advantage of the government backed "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme throughout August. Monday to Wednesday for the month of August we can receive up to 50 per cent off food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a value of £10 per person.
Nothing like this has ever been done in this country before. Giving people up to 50 per cent off meals out will encourage them back into restaurants, cafes and pubs. For business owners, there is a simple registration process and they can claim the money back from the government weekly, receiving funds within 5 working days.
I realise not everyone will be comfortable with eating out at the moment. However, I’ve seen the measures put in place to protect their customers and staff. If we all follow the common-sense approach we can continue to remain safe.