BCC responds to the postponement of August lockdown easing

BCC responds to the postponement of August lockdown easing

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will introduce new local restrictions and postpone the planned re-opening for some business from August 1st, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director Claire Walker said:

“While tackling the public health emergency must be the priority, these announcements – made at short notice – will be a hammer blow to business and consumer confidence at a time when many firms were just starting to get back on their feet.

“Businesses communities need as much clarity as possible from government if they are to plan ahead and rebuild their operations in the coming months. Ministers must also consider extending support to all firms, many of whom will be forced to close for an even more prolonged period, as well as targeted measures to help businesses placed under localised lockdowns.”

 

During the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon (31 July), plans to reopen higher risk settings from 1 August will be postponed for at least a fortnight. 

That means that, until 15 August at the earliest:

– Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed;

– Indoor performances will not resume;

– Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place; and

– Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.

In addition, the government will extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. This will become enforceable in law from 8 August.

The national pause on shielding will continue as planned from tomorrow. At this stage, the government is not changing the rules on social contact nationally.

Full details of the PM’s statement can be found here: https://bit.ly/PM310720

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