Workers and businesses across North Devon have been given a boost by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has announced the current furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.
Tourism is a vital part of our economy here in North Devon. We are blessed with some of the best beaches in the country, if not the world, and exquisite wide-open spaces in Exmoor and the surrounding countryside.
The key change to the lockdown restrictions that has been announced is that we can exercise more frequently and for longer. Travelling for exercise is now permitted, with a number of important caveats.
In my maiden speech, I styled myself as the one-woman tourist board for North Devon. Not anymore. In the past few months, I have been pleading to people to stay away and I now feel more than responsible than ever for my tourism businesses as a result.