The MP for York Central has calls for greater evidence to substantiate the Prime Minister’s proposals to ease the ‘lockdown’ to ensure that people are kept safe from further infection. In his statement the Prime Minister announced a series of measure that would enable communities greater freedoms than they have experienced for the last couple of months. In his announcement he highlighted how residents will be able to exercise and enjoy the outdoors more, people should return to work, schools should open from June and hospitality settings from July, however he failed to state how he would ensure this could be achieved safely.
Rachael Maskell MP says:
“It is one thing to have optimism and aspiration, it is another to ensure safety and base all decisions on evidence. It is understandable why people are yearning for greater freedoms at this time, however I cannot see how people can physically return to work until a full risk assessment is undertaken and the risks mitigated through policies and practice to ensure social distancing, hygiene and PPE use can be stringently adhered to. Likewise with the return of schools, parents and teachers need to be confident that the way that schools operate.
“Greater evidence needs to be provided to demonstrate that other aspects of the economy can function safely, and in the interim workers need their financial security strengthened. Currently too many people are not getting the economic support that they need, which will make returning to work far more difficult to navigate.
“I believe that many will welcome the measures of having greater freedoms, but we need to ensure that risk is not increased in York. Staying safe and socially distancing ourselves, and continuing with hand washing and high levels of hygiene must remain our focus. COVID-19 is still highly contagious, prevalent in our community and is still resulting in people becoming seriously ill and dying. We cannot compromise on safety, and should anyone feel unsafe at work or in the community, they must be able to report this, and have their concerns addressed.”
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