James Heappey Weekly Column

We are at a point now in this fight against coronavirus where we can start to return to some sort of normality.

Schools have started to reopen and work places are now ready to welcome employees back. The wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing are all now things we do instinctively and mean we can return to our offices safely.

I am so pleased to see the children of the Wells Constituency back in the classroom where they belong after a long six months at home.

And while working at home has ensured the use of effective and often time-saving technology and resulted in more flexible working, the reality is there are many things which cannot be done remotely. That is without mentioning the importance of social contact with colleagues, which has been so missed throughout this pandemic.

Our economy needs us to go back to work where we can, just as young people need to be back in school to ensure their future is as bright as it can be.

Schools and workplaces becoming Covid-secure may feel strange at first but as we all get used to these measures, the positives of returning to a more normal way of life has huge benefits both economically and in terms of general wellbeing.