HEXHAM’s MP Guy Opperman has urged people to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis that has killed more than 420 people in the UK.

Appealing to constituents, he said: “We are living in unprecedented times. Not since the Second World War have we seen on such a scale the need for a national effort, for personal sacrifice and for community responsibility.

“I know we will rise to this challenge and together succeed in overcoming this global pandemic.

“Clearly this has a massive impact on the economy both here and worldwide.

“There has been an unprecedented financial support package put forward by the Government to keep our businesses and economy going as we weather this pandemic.

“I realise that people are facing financial hardship - but there is help out there, and my team and I are available to help in any way we can.

“We will get through this together. We must look after each other, support the most vulnerable in our communities, and exercise patience and a focussed determination. Let no one doubt our resolve.

“We will do whatever it takes to get through this to keep our community secure. We have never faced a health or economic fight like this one before. But we are well prepared, and we can get through this. We will do whatever it takes.”

Hexham’s MP urged people follow the official Government advice and stay at home after hundreds of Britons ignored advice to stay home last weekend and used the countryside as an escape from coronavirus.

“Please stay at home. For once we’re saying do not visit Northumberland.

“There will be plenty of time to visit the county once this is all over, but at the moment this is a serious pandemic.

“We must stay at home if we are able to and save lives.”

Mr Opperman also urged holiday accommodation owners to stop taking bookings during the crisis.

He said: “I want to reassure all my Hexham constituents that my office is available remotely and will continue to support and serve the people of Tynedale and Ponteland.”

However, he will not be conducting face-to-face meeting with constituents and instead will co-ordinate the national and local approach on the phone and by email.

Mr Opperman has launched a dedicated coronavirus website, which is regularly updated with the latest government guidance and support for both businesses and individuals: guyopperman.co.uk/Coronavirus.

Constituents are also being invited to contact Mr Opperman via email by using the address: teamoppy@gmail.com.