EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell is backing the PM’s decision for the country ‘to reopen’ on July 19.

Some say it’s too early to lift the restrictions.

Not so says our MP: “I am happy to support the Prime Minister’s intention to end most covid restrictions on 19th July. Our amazing vaccination programme has severely weakened the link between infections and serious illness and it is time we started to get back to normal and live with this virus. In essence, the plan is to say the wearing of masks will be voluntary and the one-metre social distancing rule will be scrapped.

Mass gatherings and weddings of any number can take place. We can order a pint at the bar again. The work from home rule will end. I think it’s really important to say here that we must all respect each other’s view on this and, as the PM said, take personal responsibility for our actions and not judge. 

From my own point of view, I will wear a mask to any meeting or visit I go to if I am asked to do so. I will also continue to regularly test for Covid. I am keen to keep people safe and help people feel they are safe if that is what makes them more  comfortable. In other areas of my life – visiting family and friends, for example – I anticipate more freedom but I’ll have a mask in my pocket.  Wearing it will be about context and assessing the situation and using common sense. That will be the same for us all. 

I understand not everyone is happy with the ending of these rules but I thought the PM’s comment on Monday that, in effect, it’s now or never, was compelling. If we don’t try and return to normal as we approach every adult in the UK being offered an effective vaccine, then when will we? “