Thoughts on Boris Johnson speech this PM

ended 05. April 2021

The Prime Minister is currently making a speech about the road out of lockdown - and the Government's plans for the economy, international travel and controlling Covid-19.

We want your thoughts on what Boris says and how it impacts you in your capacity as small business and charity owners.

We will be sending your comments to the media within an hour of the speech ending.

The deadline is tight so please keep your comments short and to the point. 

4 responses from the Newspage community

Jo Bevilacqua
As the owner of a hair and beauty salon, I am relieved that we now have official confirmation that we are allowed to open our doors to the public next Monday. It has been a really difficult time for everyone in our industry, and we have been shut more than we have been open over the past year. We are looking forward to welcoming our clients back into the salon where we will be following all the Government guidelines to ensure it is as safe as possible. Here's hoping that there is no need for any more lockdowns.
My stress levels hit the roof on Monday, worrying about the announcement, as many of us in the beauty, hair and massage sector still feel like we are viewed as a hobby and not a proper industry. I'm still nervous that between now and Monday the Government will issue further rules and restrictions relating to beauty and massage close contact treatments. Last time the Government moved the goalposts up to three times a day in the week leading up to the easing of lockdown. It's going to be a long week.
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Let's hope the Government sticks to the roadmap like superglue. It’s been a tough quarter for so many businesses, especially those in the hospitality and retail sectors, so fingers crossed this is the light at the end of the tunnel we all need. Monday 12th April will be a day of celebration around the UK and people should go out and support their local businesses even more than they already have been.
I'm pleased that the high street will finally open up as the restrictions haven't just hurt local shops and services but also the communities they serve. While the easing of restrictions should increase footfall, businesses need to understand that people may still be cautious so offering online and offline interaction will be crucial. The positive sentiment towards localism we have seen over the past year can now be put into action, and I hope consumers vote with their feet for their high street.