IAN Liddell-Grainger is pleading with his constituents to stick rigidly to the Government’s timetable for easing the country out of lockdown.
The Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset says the tourism sector in particular should be following the last letter of official instructions.
And he has warned against anyone attempting to return to normal trading ahead of an official green light.
Mr Liddell-Grainger acknowledged there would inevitably be a high degree of frustration among tourist-based business that the barriers were not being lifted sooner.
“But I cannot emphasise that the progressive ending of lockdown can only proceed at a pace which the Government’s scientific advisors deem to be safe,” he said.
“The Prime Minister has clearly stated the intention that this should be the very last Covid lockdown the country has to endure. On that basis we cannot tolerate any activity which might jeopardise an orderly exit and ultimately lead to an extension of the controls.”
Mr Liddell-Grainger said he was getting reports of some self-catering businesses already welcoming visitors back.
“That simply cannot be allowed to happen,” he said “The rules are absolutely clear. I know the tourism sector has effectively had to live through three consecutive winters and that things are very tough indeed.
“But they are tough for everyone. There is nothing to be gained but additional risk by trying to pre-empt the sensible, measured and detailed timetable the Government has decided the entre country must adhere to.”