We are well on the road out of lockdown, with a further set of restrictions being lifted from Monday 12 April. This means that the following can resume:
- Pubs (for outdoor service only)
- Hairdressers, salons and personal care
- Non-essential retail
- Gyms (for individual use)
A full list of what reopens on 12 April can be found here.
We are currently on track to meet the Government’s proposed roadmap out of lockdown, with the vast majority of restrictions lifted by 21 June. However, that is subject to us continuing to keep the virus under control and the continued success of the vaccine rollout.
Barnsley’s case rates, although heading in the right direction, are still amongst the highest in the country. We should all continue to do our bit to keep the virus under control and to keep each other safe as restrictions are eased:
- Taking part in the free twice-weekly Covid testing; with home kits available at test sites, pharmacies and for home delivery
- Self-isolating if you have symptoms or are told to by Test-and-Trace
- Getting vaccinated when you are invited by the NHS
I know how tough the last 12 months have been, but they have also demonstrated the amazing strength of our coalfield community spirit. It’s that community spirit – and by doing the right thing and continuing to follow the rules – that will enable to us overcome this cruel virus and for life to return to normal.
I’d like to pay tribute to the 125,000+ people – including hundreds here in Barnsley – who have lost their lives to this virus and to send my condolences to everyone who has lost family, friends and loved ones during the pandemic.
I would also like to offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all those who have put their own lives at risk to protect the vulnerable and keep our communities moving in the most difficult of circumstances. You represent the very best of our community. Thank you.
As we emerge the other side of the pandemic, our focus must be on ensuring that there is no return to a failed status quo. I’m working tirelessly, alongside our local council leaders, to build a stronger, greener and fairer regional economy for all our communities; creating a £860m South Yorkshire Renewal Fund and investing in the next generation through our Young People’s Pledge. This is a practical demonstration of the power of devolution to transform our communities and the difference it makes having Labour in power in local and regional government.