Diary - pubs reopen tomorrow

Tomorrow will bring relief to many businesses as lock-down is eased. Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas will re-open, although many others remain closed and becoming increasingly more desperate. A frantic day dealing with many constituency matters, not least the complaints of noise from the air base on Portland. Having spent some time looking into the issue, I have written to complainants, explaining the facts which, in short, mean HeliOps has the right to use the base as it sees fit. But I know, having spoken to the CEO, that they do their level best to mitigate the aircraft noise. Some complaints do not even refer to this company after they have been investigated, but to other aircraft that have business over or near Portland. The weekly council telecon was a busy one, with much to discuss. COVID is costing DC about £15 million a month, a staggering figure, which is inevitably putting pressure on their finances. A list of countries that do not require you to quarantine for 14 days on your return to the UK has been published. They include Greece, Spain, France and Belgium. This comes into effect from 10 July. However, countries such as China, US, Sweden and Portugal are not, meaning arrivals from those will have to isolate for 14 days. With bars opening tomorrow, let's hope we do not see another invasion of Dorset. The forecast will help in this regard, as it's not good. I don't want to prevent businesses from recovering, but perhaps a more modest start will negate the need for the authorities and the police to stretch their resources along the coast at the weekend yet again.