With restrictions easing, shops across Runnymede and Weybridge are reopening, the most visible sign yet that we are on the road to recovery.
Speaking to businesses across the constituency, the Covid pandemic has affected them all in different ways. While some shops had to close completely, others have furloughed staff or continued working behind closed doors, to keep things running until they could reopen in full.
All retailers are now having to adapt to the new circumstances we face: Some retailers are fully open for business, with clear social distancing measures marked out in store. Others are seeing customers by appointment to deliver services whilst ensuring your safety and theirs.
We all have our part to play. Business owners have made clear to me that 2m social distancing makes it incredibly difficult for many to operate, as businesses in hospitality or entertainment may simply not be viable with such reduced numbers. I have called on the Government to reduce social distancing as soon as possible and I am glad that there is a review underway into how soon we can safely do this.
Many businesses have been significantly affected by the lockdown. In order to ensure we can regain thriving high streets, it is vital we all get out and shop and support our local businesses where we can.