Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Supporting the travel industry
The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for several industries, few worse than the travel industry. So yesterday, the government announced the creation of a new Global Travel Taskforce, to support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel.
Throughout the pandemic, the government's overriding priority has been to protect public health and save lives – and the current measures at the borders have done that.
We all know how challenging the current quarantine rules are for both individuals isolating, and the travel sector. That’s why this new Global Travel Taskforce has been launched to develop options for a testing regime that could reduce the time needed in self-isolation after travelling abroad.
As our understanding of the virus improves, the government will do everything it can to help get life back to some sense of normality, while continuing our efforts to suppress the virus and keep people safe.