Weekly Column 17.06.20

There can be no doubt that the last few weeks have been challenging for all of us.  Being kept away from loved ones has tested us all, particularly for loved ones who are alone.  So, the announcement that individuals and single parents can now pair up with another household is really good news.  There is still a long way to go before we can be with all our family and friends, but this will, I know, help so many who have suffered from loneliness these last few weeks.

It will also start to feel more normal as non essential shops reopen.  It is great to see our high streets across the Moorlands gradually spring back to life.

The Moorlands is home to so many wonderful local shops and I know how important deliveries from them have helped.  Being able to visit many more in person is something that I am really looking forward to.  I hope that if you are able to, you will support our local shops and feel confident shopping in them.  

Please note however that hairdressers, beauty salons and the hospitality sector must remain closed for now, although I hope that it won’t be too long before we can get our hair cut.

Many of you have contacted me about the reopening of the Peak Wildlife Park and other zoos.  There has been real concern that these attractions would not be able to survive without paying visitors.  It is therefore good news that they are also allowed to open this week - provided visitor numbers are managed and appropriate safeguards are put in place to limit social interaction.

I am sure that many of you will enjoy visiting shops and taking the family to the Peak Wildlife Park and enjoying a bit more normality in your lives.