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.
Thanks to the success of our vaccine programme the government believes that it is safe to move forwards with cautious efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer.
That is why Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK overseas territories and Caribbean islands have been added to the green list, meaning people can travel there without having to quarantine on their return. All but Malta are also joining the green watchlist, signalling they are at risk of moving from green to amber, giving people the full picture before they decide to travel.
In recognition of the successful domestic vaccination programme, the plan is that later in the summer people who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine when travelling from amber list countries.
This shows a real sign of progress, but we must continue to take a cautious approach to protect public health and not put the success of the vaccine programme and the efforts of people across the country at risk as we move closer to normality.