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.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Moving to Step Two of the route out of lockdown
Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that, having continued to meet the four tests, the UK will move to Step Two on our cautious roadmap – reopening shops, gyms, zoos, personal care services and outdoor hospitality on 12 April.
All our collective efforts have given us crucial time and space to roll-out our record-breaking vaccination programme, that has now vaccinated over 31.5 million people.
That is why from Monday 12 April, Britain will move to Step Two of our roadmap - reopening shops, gyms, zoos, personal care services, outdoor hospitality, and increasing the number of visitors to care homes from one to two.
However, as set out in the roadmap, the success of the UK’s vaccination programme does not provide universal protection. In view of this we have established four programmes of work to consider different aspects of how we should handle COVID-19 from summer onwards. These reviews are looking at COVID-status certification, international travel, large events and social distancing to ensure a consistent approach that protects the health of the public, communities and our economy.
We set out our roadmap and we’re sticking to it but we must remain cautious by monitoring the data at every stage and by following the rules: remembering hands, face, space and fresh air - that we hope together will make this roadmap to freedom irreversible.