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Greater Cambridge Business Forum post lockdown - Wednesday, 8 July at 6.00pm

Please take the opportunity to join in and share your experiences, hopes and needs as your business, specifically retail and high street, returns to trading after lockdown restrictions ease.

South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils invite you to take part in an online Business Forum on Wednesday 8 July at 6.00pm.

Local MPs and Council Leaders want to better understand what it feels like to be a small business working specifically in the high street environment in these unprecedented times and the early challenges you face since reopening your doors.

The virtual session will give you the opportunity to raise any ongoing or new issues directly with Council Leaders and to hear from them and three local MPs – Lucy Frazer, Anthony Browne and Daniel Zeichner.

This will help the Councils to tailor the very best support for businesses who need it and MPs can take your comments straight back to Westminster to raise as appropriate. 

In order to get a link to this live event, please register your interest online by 6 July.

You can help manage the available time most effectively, by submitting any questions in advance using the above booking form.

Changes to England’s quarantine restrictions

People arriving in England from more than 50 countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy, will no longer need to quarantine from 10 July, the Department for Transport has confirmed.

The new exemptions mean people arriving from selected countries will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate, unless they have been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days. All amber countries - including France, Germany, Italy and Spain - would have ‘reciprocal arrangements’ in place, meaning travellers from the UK will not have to quarantine on arrival there either.

From my perspective I know businesses will be pleased to see the back of the UK government’s damaging blanket quarantine policy, but they will also be asking a lot of questions about its replacement.

It’s taken far too long for the exemption list to appear, and the fact that it does not initially apply to all four nations of the UK will put regional connectivity and regional economies at risk. Neither the process nor the outcome inspire confidence, either here at home, or with our partners globally. 

While these changes will give some businesses a fighting chance to make up for months of lost income, the job is not yet done. This isn’t just about summer holidays. Ministers need to focus on restoring connections and confidence with key trading partners all across the world.

The full list of ‘50 plus’ exempt countries will, we understand, be published on Friday afternoon and we will provide full details of these on Monday.

LNER COVID-19: Timetable uplift and National Passenger Rail Survey Results

As part of their gradual return to normal service levels to support increasing customer demand for long-distance train travel, LNER will be adding further weekday services from Monday 6 July. This will take them to around 75 per cent of their usual weekday timetable, and includes most of the peak services, with weekend services remaining at around 65 per cent for the time-being.

This uplift will also see the reintroduction of weekday Sunderland, Harrogate, Skipton and Bradford services, as well as the extra Bradford return service planned to be first introduced in May. The full timetables can be downloaded here .

Building on the UK Government’s announcement last week that LNER has been granted a new Direct Award to run intercity rail services  for the next three to five years, they are pleased to report that LNER is amongst the three top scoring long-distance rail operators as part of the latest National Rail Passenger Survey results


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