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 13, 2021
The path out of lockdown
Yesterday, shops, gyms, hairdressers, pubs and restaurantsreopened in a major step forward in our roadmap to freedom. The government and health professionals have urged everyone to continue to behave responsibly as we push on with our vaccination programme.
Yesterday Britain reached the second phase of our cautious easing of lockdown restrictions as part of our route back to a more normal way of life.
This means that non-essential retail, outdoor attractions, indoor leisure facilitates, hospitality venues and self-contained accommodation are now able to open once again, funerals can continue with up to 30 people and the numbers able to attend weddings and receptions has risen to 15.
Whilst this will be a relief for business owners, and a chance for everyone to get back to doing many of the things they’ve missed, we urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’.