Statement from the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, VM605.

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Statement from the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, VM605

Mr Speaker, the House overwhelmingly voted in favour of a Motion to reopen animal attractions, and the Government has committed to responding to all Motions approved by this House.

The Government understands the financial burden the country is facing from COVID-19, and wants all businesses to reopen as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. From the beginning, public safety has remained and will continue to remain our main priority. However, we understand that it is safe for some businesses in the leisure industry to reopen, whilst keeping customers safe.

I can update the House, that since this Motion was put to the House on the 6 June, zoos and safari parks have been permitted to open reopen since the 15 June, provided that social distancing measures are in place. From 4 July, indoor attractions such as museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms and wildlife centres will also be allowed to reopen.

All establishments must ensure they are able to comply with the current Government guidelines to ensure they are 'COVID secure', and must ensure they safely limit numbers and enforce social distancing rules; to be clear this should be at a distance of 2 metres, or where this is not possible, a distance of at least 1 metre at all times.

Attractions which cannot ensure a safe social distance of at least 1 metre, will not be allowed to reopen. I am confident though, that these changes will allow zoos and other animal attractions to safely reopen.

We will continue to review all measures on a regular basis, and I can assure the House we will do our best to open all establishments as quickly and as safely as is possible.

I commend this Statement to the House.
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I am glad that these attractions can reopen. Especially aquariums which rely so heavily on tourism and donations in order to keep the marine life safe. Of course this applies to all animal and other creature attractions also, I just have a soft spot for sea creatures and mammals
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A good response to a sensible motion
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Mr Speaker, in light of replying to all passed motions i support this statement.
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A pointless statement that doesn't tell us something we didn't already know.
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(Original post by Miss Maddie)
A pointless statement that doesn't tell us something we didn't already know.
True however a few weeks ago your bretheryn were whining that other motions had not received a response. Thus all of them now do.
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I of course support this statement.
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Another one where I think a short note in AtG would probably have been sufficient, especially as everything called for has already been implemented.
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VM605 response - tick.
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(Original post by Saracen's Fez)
Another one where I think a short note in AtG would probably have been sufficient, especially as everything called for has already been implemented.
(Original post by Miss Maddie)
A pointless statement that doesn't tell us something we didn't already know.
You are both right, the Statement is only in line with the RL measures. A little annoying as the Motion passed and by the time we got round to drafting (given I only moved into the role this week), RL events and measures caught up with us.

We have committed to responding to all passed Motions though, so felt we needed to do this. You are right though, maybe we can look at ways of producing a note or something in the ATG thread, but it would need to be something which the House felt was still sufficient enough from the Govt
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I'm sympathetic to the response being made somewhat redundant by fast-paced changes coming from RL. I experienced it myself when the motion originally went to division, so I am not about to criticise the Government for also becoming victims of that unfortunate timing.

Anyways, I appreciate the response. :yy:
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Hear, hear! Once again, the government demonstrates that it listens to the people and makes changes accordingly!
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Hear, hear! Once again, the government demonstrates that it listens to the people and makes changes accordingly!
You are praising the government for copying real life. Did you bother reading the statement?
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The government does like doing things with absolutely no notice being given.

And naturally this government is stating the status quo, it has a habit of trying to pass off the actions of the RL government as its own.
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
The government does like doing things with absolutely no notice being given.

And naturally this government is stating the status quo, it has a habit of trying to pass off the actions of the RL government as its own.
Do you disagree with the actions the government is taking?
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Do you disagree with the actions the government is taking?
The government is taking actions?
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
The government is taking actions?
According to your post, yes:
(Original post by Jammy Duel)
The government does like doing things with absolutely no notice being given.

Unless doing things now means not doing things? :iiam:
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According to your post, yes:



Unless doing things now means not doing things? :iiam:
Ignoring the fact the RL government has implemented the same measures a week and a half prior to this statement (despite this the government did as it always does and pressed on with looking like it's doing things anyway) those affected would have had mere hours to prepare, exactly as could theoretically be the case with your coronaphobic MR.
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(Original post by Jammy Duel)
Ignoring the fact the RL government has implemented the same measures a week and a half prior to this statement (despite this the government did as it always does and pressed on with looking like it's doing things anyway) those affected would have had mere hours to prepare, exactly as could theoretically be the case with your coronaphobic MR.
Do you disagree with the actions of the RL government?
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(Original post by 04MR17)
Do you disagree with the actions of the RL government?
Yes, they do not go far enough. I thought you were supposed to be intelligent.
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