LOCKDOWN ENDS IN TIERS – CERTAINTY NEEDED FOR JOBS AND BUSINESSES SAYS MAYORAL HOPEFUL

The government’s plan following the lifting of lockdown will be judged on whether it brings certainty for business and carries the confidence of the public, says Labour’s Metro Mayor hopeful Dan Norris.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement Mr Norris called on the Government to urgently set out a plan for local businesses, describing the uncertainty of giving firms just a few days’ notice of which tier their area will be in as “not good enough”.

Mr Norris, who has pledged to be a “jobs first” Metro Mayor, said “The Government needs to be honest. We are at a very difficult moment; the prevalence of the virus is still high, and rising in parts of our area.“Of course, the question every resident, employer and business wants to know is which tier South Gloucestershire will be in. I’ve spoken to struggling restaurants, people working at cinemas and taxi drivers and they all crave certainty. The notice the government is giving between the announcement of which tier an area is in and the lockdown ending is simply not good enough.”

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