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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Times Red Box article with Nigel Adams MP: Great British Railways should say Yes to York

Times Red Box article with Nigel Adams MP: Great British Railways should say Yes to York

This government is delivering on its commitment to level up regions such as ours. Yorkshire’s economy already has world-leading industry and a population of entrepreneurs and grafters. Yet too many of our communities punch beneath their weight and deprivation is higher than in the South. If levelling-up means anything, it is the mission to unlock

York Press column: How the Queen’s Speech can level-up York

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Julian Backs Re-Opening of Gyms and Leisure Centres

June 24, 2020

Julian has recently been contacted by Duncan Bannatyne asking for assistance in reopening gyms and leisure facilities as soon and as safely as possible.

Many other local gym owners and members have reached out to Julian asking for help and he has lobbied Ministers on their behalf to hopefully allow these businesses open alongside the hospitality sector on July 4.

As long as gyms and leisure facilities take the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus, Julian supports all efforts to further reopen the economy.

Commenting after writing to Ministers, Julian said:

I am sympathetic to concerns that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will not be able to open from July 4, and think the government should seriously consider bringing this forward from the current projected date of mid July for those sites that demonstrate they can open safely. I appreciate that many gyms and leisure centres, with spacious rooms and good air extraction systems, can operate just as safely as the eateries and pubs due to open on the 4th.

“As lockdown is gradually eased in line with the state of the virus, I believe we have to move from a system of blanket restrictions for whole sectors, to more flexible arrangements, where the opening of individual locations depends on the ability of each to prevent covid transmission.

“I am more than happy to lobby Ministers on behalf of affected local venues.”