Banbury MP Victoria Prentis urges people to 'Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives' over the Easter holiday weekend

Victoria Prentis, a member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA, issued a statement on the latest developments of the coronavirus.

Mrs Prentis said: “Stay Home; Save Lives.

"Over the past few weeks our way of life has changed substantially. I want to thank all those who are following government advice and staying at home, and particularly those who are helping others by shopping for family, collecting prescriptions for neighbours or ringing someone who is alone you are enabling the most vulnerable to stay home.

"The advice is simple. Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

Victoria Prentis, member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire

"Please do not visit family or friends. Only shop for necessities as infrequently as possible and work from home where you can. These are simple, but essential steps that when followed will beat Coronavirus.

"There are many services and support schemes available to all of us, aiming to reduce the impact of coronavirus on our day-to-day lives.

"Many constituents, in North Oxfordshire, have been in touch regarding protecting their businesses and staff against COVID-19.

"I welcome the variety of coronavirus protection schemes introduced by the government and strongly urge all businesses to consider the support available to them before making decisions regarding their long-term business plan. More details can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

"I want to particularly thank the number of small businesses, volunteer organisations and charities that have adapted their primary focus to helping with the coronavirus response.

"So many pubs, cafés and restaurants have made their supplies available to buy directly, to alleviate pressure on larger supermarkets.

"Many engineering and production companies have tailored their efforts to design and build ventilators or personal protection equipment to aid our NHS. Several food banks have introduced a delivery service to allow the vulnerable to remain shielded.

"Along with many other donations, these are just a few examples of kindness within, and commitment to, our larger community.

"To find out what local support is available to you, or how you can help, please visit: www.oxfordshireallin.org .

"I was also very pleased with the chancellor’s announcement on funding for hospices. Social distancing and shielding have had a huge impact on fundraising opportunities, which is why £200 million extra in funding is so needed. Katharine House Hospice near Banbury delivers vital end-of-life-care for so many constituents and I am thrilled it is receiving the support it needs.

"Please do stay safe, stay home and look after your loved ones. For specific concerns please contact my office or visit my website for support: www.victoriaprentis.com."

We can only beat this together.”

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