Rother Valley MP wants reassurance that workers will be safe when they return to work
Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford has sought reassurance from experts over measures to reopen the economy.
At a Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee meeting on the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers, Mr Stafford highlighted the necessity of workers having confidence in their safety upon their return to work and queried the effect of the loosening of regulations in other countries on citizens’ interactions with key sectors.
The committee questioned Prof David Heymann and Dr Adam Kucharski, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who discussed measures taken by authorities in Singapore and Gibraltar, as well as the swift return to the hospitality industry by consumers in Hong Kong and South Korea.
Both experts stressed the importance of businesses and workers following the specific Government guidance closely.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley, said: “Businesses and workers alike are keen to get back to work and return to normality, which will put more money in workers’ pockets and will allow businesses to retain their staff.
“This is the best way to reinvigorate our local area and to fund our wonderful NHS.
“However, it is of the utmost importance that workers are safe and that businesses can rely on their workforce’s attendance.
“I welcome the government’s clear and sensible guidelines on the matter and will make sure that Rother Valley’s workers and businesses have great confidence moving forward.”