Thank you to everyone who reached out to me regarding your understandable concerns about the increasing lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions and safety measures. I too am worried about the Government’s clear lack of forward-thinking, and instead I am supporting a more cautious and safety-first approach. I can assure you that I will continue to support efforts to press the Government on this issue.
Firstly I absolutely agree with you and support the Labour Party in our bid to maintain the mandatory use of masks in public spaces, for those without medical or other exemptions. This is a proven method to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and it would be far too risky to remove this precaution now. The science tells us that crowded spaces such as public transport are high areas of risk, and therefore require greater safety precautions. The decision by the Government to reduce the use of facemasks is short-sighted and potentially dangerous to public health. It will only work to increase pressure on our NHS and will have long term implications.
On this issue, we need to follow the science and introduce sensible measures to allow for a safe reopening of society. That’s why I am also supportive of a range of further measures to help reduce the growth of infections. Such as flexible working where appropriate, free lateral flow tests, increased vaccines for young people and the installation of ventilation systems in our schools and later our public spaces.
We need to learn from the past and make sure the Government doesn’t make the same mistakes again. Therefore I will continue to campaign with my Labour colleagues to maintain and support these important safety measures, which will surely save many lives.