As the country takes its next step in unlocking some of the COVID restrictions that the country has faced over the last 12 months, Nickie Aiken, MP for the Two Cities, looks forward to being able to hug friends and family once more but cautions that we must remain vigilant if we want to see the final barriers lifted on 21 June.
Today marks the next step in the Government’s roadmap to reopen our economy and our society in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From today, we can hug family and friends for the first time in such a long time.
We can meet each other, up to six people, inside, perhaps enjoy a meal or a drink.
We can go to the cinema, we can go to the theatre, and we can meet in groups of up to 30 outside.
This is all because of the huge sacrifices we’ve all made over the last few months – even up to the last year – and also because of our outstanding vaccine programme which has now see over two-thirds of us receive the vaccine. It is now right to move on to the next step.
So do enjoy this latest freedom, do also remain cautious and don’t overdo do it, but if we all continue to work together and follow the guidelines, we will be able to reach the next step on the 21 June and hopefully have even more freedom.