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Chesterfield MP backs calls for more clarification from government on latest lockdown announcements

Chesterfield's Labour MP has backed his party's calls for more clarification on the latest easing of the government's lockdown measures.

The government has today released a 50-page document on changes to the current lockdown.

Some of those announcements include new advice to wear face coverings if you're in enclosed spaces, like shops and public transport.

As part of the relaxed restrictions in England, from this week, people can drive to outdoor spaces no matter how far away they are.

But we still can't go on holiday - or stay overnight away from home.

You can also meet one other person from outside your household, as long as they stay at least 2 metres away from you.

The Prime Minsiter also announced some sectors can go back to work, if employers can prove social distancing can be adhered to.

But Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins  says people must feel safe before they stop working remotely: "I think that the whole issue of returning to work before the testing and tracing regime is properly in place is deeply concerning for many people.

"It's just totally unacceptable when many people are so worried about the situation that there isn't more clarity on exactly what is expected."

The devolved governments in Wales and Scotland are also rejecting the speed at which Boris Johnson is easing lockdown restrictions in England

They insist the "stay home" message will not be replaced by the Prime Minister's new "stay alert" slogan.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also said he thinks the Prime Minister caused confusion with his remarks last night and needs to be clearer.

The Prime Minister is due to take further questions from the public this evening.

 

 

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