Step Two of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown begins today. This means that indoor leisure, personal care and non-essential retail businesses can reopen. Outdoor hospitality and outdoor attractions can also reopen, alongside self-contained holiday accommodation.
As vaccine rollout continues at pace in North Oxfordshire, the Secretary of State has paid tribute to all those working so hard to help with the vaccination programme, cutting the infection rate and reducing the spread of the virus.
Victoria has welcomed the Government’s Vaccines Delivery Plan – the biggest vaccination programme in British history – that sets ambitious targets as the government continues to ramp up its vaccine rollout.
The Prime Minister has now set out his roadmap that will guide us of the current lockdown. While he cannot make any guarantees, he is hopeful that the plan will help move us irreversibly towards reclaiming our way of life while doing all we can to protect people against Covid.
Vaccine rollout has been going really well across Oxfordshire. All older adult Care Homes have been offered vaccinations, and approximately 90 per cent of those aged 80 and over have now been vaccinated.
Over recent weeks I have spent a lot of time speaking to the secondary school headteachers in my constituency including The Warriner School, Whitelands Academy and The Cooper School. They share my disappointment that children will not be able to sit their exams as anticipated this summer.
I know how hard local businesses have been hit by the return to national restrictions. From the emails and conversations I have had with constituents, I know many are keen to access the financial support available to them in the face of closures and extraordinary challenges.