Local MP in Call to Turbo Charge Our Economy


The local MP for Hastings and Rye, Sally-Ann Hart, has said that “now is the time for us all to play our part in turbo-charging our local economy once again.”

Responding to the announcement form the Prime Minister that more businesses will be able to reopen on the 4th July, Sally-Ann had this to say, “I am so pleased that the Prime Minister has given the green light for more businesses to re-open. We are particularly dependent on the tourism and hospitality sectors here in Hastings and Rye, so this news is very welcome indeed.”

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday that the Government’s five tests on tackling Coronavirus were continuing to be met and that more easing of the lockdown measures could take place. These measures apply only in England, and include the reopening of restaurants, pubs, theme parks, hairdressers, cinemas, outdoor play areas and many other establishments. In addition to this, the Prime Minister also announced changes in the guidance on social distancing. Wherever possible everyone should maintain the two metre distance, but where this can’t be done, a one metre plus measure will be in place. This means, as long as mitigation steps are taken, people can reduce their social distance to only one metre.

A further measure to be eased is the contact with people from outside your household. People will be able to continue meeting in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households; single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household; and from 4th July, you can also meet in a group of 2 households (including your support bubble), in any location- public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

“The economic support that the Government provided at the outset of this pandemic was unprecedented. Support was given to businesses and employees to get through the worst of the health crisis. Now that we have got the virus under control, we must open up our local economy again and get it firing on all cylinders. This also means finding our collective confidence again to hit the high streets, visit local attractions and get out to the pubs and restaurants we have all missed. Together we have got control of the virus and together we can reboot out economy and come out of this pandemic stronger,” said Sally-Ann.