Milton Keynes residents sign large-scale petition to make June 21st a bank holiday

    More than one hundred people in Milton Keynes have signed a large-scale petition calling on the Government to make June 21st a bank holiday.

    It marks the day that the Prime Minister hopes will be the end of all coronavirus restrictions, including laws on social contact, a goal which he is "very optimistic" about. 

    But the Government has stated that June 21st is the earliest that coronavirus restrictions could be lifted, with the possibility to be pushed back if the 'four tests' are not passed.

    However it seems the nation is holding onto this hopeful date as tens of thousands of people are calling on June 21st to be a one-off bank holiday.

    Over 25,000 people have signed a petition hoping to make June 21st 2021 'Merriweather Day', an opportunity for families and friends to come together.

    47 people from Milton Keynes South and 57 people from Milton Keynes North have signed it so far - with this number expected to rise.

    And because the petition has reached more than 10,000 signatures, the Government has to legally respond. 

    If and when the petition reaches 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

    David Metcalf, who launched the petition, said: "COVID19 has negatively impacted people and families up and down the length of the country in many different ways not least their ability to come together.

    "This proposed bank holiday would help families and friends of all faiths and none to come together to celebrate. We've chosen the longest day of the year as it provides for the most opportunities to be outdoors in a COVID19 safe way."

    Those who wish to sign the petition can do so by clicking here.

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