Maria Caulfield has been busy this week. She would like to share with us the news.
The Prime Minister on Monday 22nd February, set out the timescale for the lifting of restrictions. Thanks to the hugely successful roll out of the vaccine programme, we are one of the first countries in the world to begin irreversibly lifting restrictions. Initial data suggests that just one dose of either the Pfizer or Astra Zeneca vaccine reduces hospitalisation and deaths by at least 75%. This gives us the confidence to now start lifting restrictions.
It will be a cautious approach as the aim is not to reverse any restrictions once they are lifted.
Next week the Chancellor will set out the further financial support for those still needing help and will set out our financial road map to recovery. I know many of you have struggled at this time having been furloughed or losing your job, being a director of a limited company and having had no support at all and I have been making representations on your behalf to the treasury team.
Social distancing measures will need to stay in place for a while longer until all the vulnerable groups have been vaccinated so we still need to ensure we are keeping 2m apart, washing our hands and wearing masks when required.