Cautious welcome to re-starting the economy, but concerns over a second spike

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Posted on: 11 May 2020

Devon County Council leader John Hart welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement as providing some hope but said he wanted to see the details of how re-starting the economy could be achieved safely.

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Cllr John Hart

“We will have to be particularly careful in the South West that we don’t see a spike in infections” he said.

“Thanks to the commonsense and cooperation of the vast majority of our citizens, we have remained the lowest region in the country for infections throughout this pandemic.

“That must continue as we begin to see the economy start to rev up again – safely – whilst our residents can have some idea of how we can begin to move slowly out of lockdown.

“It is vital to get our economy going again but we must do this slowly and surely to avoid any second or subsequent spikes which would see us plunged back into an even more severe lockdown.

“Because of that danger, I would renew my appeal to holidaymakers and second homeowners to stay away from Devon especially as they are still forbidden from staying overnight.

“But we will be delighted to see you as soon as it is safe for you to visit.”

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