PEOPLE are being urged to get behind businesses across the Keighley district as more prepare to reopen.

A further easing of lockdown restrictions means that from this weekend, pubs, restaurants and some tourism and leisure facilities will be able to open their doors again provided strict measures are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Keighley MP Robbie Moore welcomes the move and has issued a plea to the public to help businesses get back on their feet after months of closure.

“I hope people get out to support those hospitality and tourism businesses that are reopening and which are so vital to our local economy and jobs,” he said.

“Safety is of paramount importance and it is vital that social distancing rules and other guidance are adhered to.”

Mr Moore said the latest changes – which take effect on Saturday – will potentially benefit up to 470 businesses in the parliamentary constituency, which includes Ilkley.

He added: “While the infection rate continues to fall, the Prime Minister has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines. The Government will keep all measures under constant review.”