From: DRAX, Richard <>
Sent: 23 March 2020 12:54
Subject: COVID-19

Dear All

These are unprecedented times and the local, national and global situation is changing on a daily basis.

As soon as I am in receipt of any information from central government, local government and various agencies I am placing it on my website but if you have any specific inquiries please do not hesitate to contact me and I will endeavour to try and assist you.  I have provided the link for my website below.

The behaviour over the weekend by several individuals travelling down in caravans to Dorset to spend time in our beautiful county was most concerning.

The official Government advice is to stay at home, within your primary residence, to prevent this virus spreading. We have limited resources, and I want to make sure that our local hospitals and GPs do not have undue pressures put upon them by non-residents.

Last night, the Government offered official guidance for all individuals to avoid travelling to second homes and holiday destinations. I want to put the message out that Dorset is closed for business.

I hope that individuals follow this advice. I for one do not want to see the country go into official lockdown, but I am aware the Prime Minister might have to consider this in the coming days and weeks if this reckless behaviour continues. I will also be following my concerns up with the relevant Minister, and will try to raise this in the House today.

I will endeavour to keep all my constituents informed of the latest developments on my website, and hope you are staying well.

With warm regards

Richard Drax MP

Member of Parliament for South Dorset