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Business leaders are desperate for new restrictions and it is said it will be much harder to survive.


Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the UK Chamber of Commerce head said.

Industry leaders insist that it will now be "much harder" for companies to survive, even if the high-profile vacation program has been extended for another month, and have asked the government to correct tests to avoid a third lockdown.

After weeks of insisting on sticking to local restrictions, the prime minister ended a humiliating U-turn tonight by announcing blanket coronavirus restrictions in England at a press conference alongside medical and science chiefs Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance.

The draconian measures, dubbed "Tier Four" on the government's sliding scale, go into effect Thursday morning at midnight after gloomy Sage models predicted the virus could kill 85,000 people this winter, well above the previous one "reasonable worst case".

The brutal pressure will cause non-essential shops in England to close by December 2nd, as well as bars and restaurants, despite the "absolutely devastating" impact on the already crippled hospitality sector.

Earlier this month it was found that the UK economy grew only 2.1 percent in August as the recovery from the effects of the pandemic stalled despite Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out program – up from that recorded in July Expansion of 6.4 percent.

The prime minister described the pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood, and obviously life must come first".

He added, “I have no illusions about how difficult this will be for companies that have already endured such hardships this year and I'm really very sorry – and so we will be extending the vacation system through November.

& # 39; The vacation system was a success in the spring and supported people in companies at a critical time. We're not going to end it, we're going to extend the vacation until December. & # 39;

Adam Marshall, director general of British Chambers in Commerce, said today's market confidence was "badly hit by the unclear stop-start approach" adopted by governments across the UK during the pandemic.

He said: "Many companies are in a much weaker position right now than they were when the pandemic began, making it far more difficult to weather prolonged closings or demand restraints."

Boris Johnson's new string of restrictions has dealt a "devastating blow" to business communities, the head of the UK Chambers of Commerce said

The latest data released by the Office of National Statistics suggests that the UK's V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus crisis is slowing

The latest data released by the Office of National Statistics suggests that the UK's V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus crisis is slowing

Prime Minister insists that life must come before livelihood as shops, pubs and restaurants must close

The prime minister described the pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood, and obviously life must come first".

But he told the press conference: "We have to watch out for the long-term economic effects of the measures we have to put in place at all times."

Defending the decision to go with the 'regional approach' first, Mr Johnson said, 'As in many other parts of this continent, we just saw an overall growth rate in the second wave and it made it absolutely important to go now act sparingly to protect our NHS and save lives. & # 39;

He added, "Yes, it is true that the course of the pandemic has changed and it is also right that the government is changing and modulating its response accordingly and I make absolutely no apologies for that."

"The temporary extension of the vacation program will bring short-term relief to many companies and is a response to Chambers' request that corporate support be commensurate with the level of restrictions imposed.

“The full financial support package for companies in difficulty, whether due to loss of demand or closure, needs to be clarified and communicated immediately.

“Employers, the self-employed and many companies and individuals who have not previously had access to government programs must be able to provide sustainable assistance.

“The government must not waste the time it has with another lockdown to enable mass testing and repair test and trace systems – which are key to a permanent public health and economy exit strategy.

& # 39; We will be carefully reviewing the details of the new restrictions and support in the coming days with Chamber Directors across the country.

"Business communities will judge them by whether they are clear and evidence-based – and whether companies can see when these restrictions may end."

Non-essential stores will have to close from Thursday as part of the new measures that the heads of state and government blew up tonight.

Helen Dickinson, General Manager of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers are facing a nightmare before Christmas as the government proposes to close thousands of retail stores under this new national lockdown and allow customers to access many of their favorite stores and brands deny.

& # 39; It will do immeasurable damage to Main Street in the run-up to Christmas, cost countless jobs and hold back the recovery of the overall economy permanently, with minimal impact on virus transmission.

& # 39; A recent Sage paper reported that closing a non-essential retail store would have minimal impact on the transmission of Covid. This is thanks to the hundreds of millions of pounds retailers have spent keeping their businesses Covid-safe and secure for customers and colleagues.

& # 39; The announced closure will have a significant economic impact on the viability of thousands of stores and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. The previous lockdown cost "non-essential" businesses £ 1.6 billion a week in lost sales. Now that we enter the important holiday season, these losses are sure to be much greater.

& # 39; We have no doubt that retailers abide by the rules and will do their part to keep the UK public safe and have access to the goods they need. However, the government must also do its part to help businesses that are about to close or the consequences for local retailers are dire. "

Pubs and restaurants are also closing as part of the new lockdown plans and the real ale campaign has called for further assistance while the doors are closed.

National Chairman Nik Antona said: “The second ban is a devastating blow to an industry that is already on its knees. Pubs across the country have already invested thousands to reopen COVID-safe environments, even though incomes have plummeted.

“The government must introduce a support package for all pubs and breweries – regardless of their current proportional value – and extend the vacation program for the entire lock-up period.

"We also need a clear, evidence-based route map outside the lockdown, or many pubs and breweries will close their doors forever."

Pubs and restaurants are closing as part of the new lockdown plans and the real ale campaign has called for further assistance while the doors are closed

Pubs and restaurants are closing under the new lockdown plans, and the real ale campaign has called for further assistance while the doors are closed

Michael Kill, Executive Director of the Night Time Industries Association, said: & # 39; Today's announcement by the Prime Minister will put businesses in the night economy before a & # 39; financial Armageddon & # 39; face. It's the most terrifying of Halloween.

“It is terrifying to think that given the severity of the situation, we still have limited communication, advice, or time to respond to or plan for these decisions.

“The entire night economy, made up of thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of employees, is suffering.

& # 39; Their plight is made worse by the large gap in financial support to the sector.

"Many of our companies have experienced extreme financial difficulties, faced unmanageable operational measures and in some cases have had to close completely since March."

Elsewhere, Jace Tyrrell, executive director of the New West End Company, described the lockdown of non-essential travel and retail stores as "a true pre-Christmas nightmare for West End retailers."

The West End employs one in ten Londoners, and this year's run up to Christmas is just around the corner to "deliver some of the toughest trading seasons we've ever seen," he said.

Tyrrell added, “Many jobs have already been lost and many more are at risk unless trade levels rise or holidays resume.

& # 39; In addition to providing emergency aid to cover lost wages, the government must immediately announce that it will maintain essential support measures such as further relief on corporate rates after April next year.

"Retailers and the general public need reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel as ongoing uncertainty and stop-start measures undermine confidence and worsen an already disastrous situation."

Charlie Mullins, founder and chairman of Pimlico Plumbers, said, “With this final lockdown, the business community has been sold down the river by a government supposed to be on our side, and I thought to understand that the well-being of the nation depends on that Survival of the economy.

“Unfortunately, Boris has lost sight of these conservative basic principles and collapsed under the pressure of the job and the scientific voices whispering in his ear.

“He also looks like he's making livelihood policy in the south of England by imposing a national lockdown instead of adding a fourth tier to the worst parts of the country.

“The government is so desperate to gain favor in its newfound north that it is casting a web over all of us lest we be accused of favoring London and the south over areas where the virus is really out of control is.

"Boris should remember well where his constituency is."

Derek Cribb, Executive Director of IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and Self-Employed) said: “The government urgently needs to address the unfair inequality between support for workers and the self-employed.

“Currently the self-employed can only claim 40% of their income, compared to 80% for employees under the extended vacation program. This cannot be tolerated if we do a second national lockdown.

“It is crucial that the government also ensure that the self-employed income support system is extended to all self-employed. The gaps in support for the initial lockdown – such as the directors of the limited company and the newly self-employed – resulted in the largest decline in the number of self-employed ever recorded. Many thousands lost their freelance businesses and were driven onto Universal Credit.

& # 39; Now, the directors of the limited liability company and other foreclosed self-employed who have overcome their savings face financial problems if they are not helped with this second lockdown. The government urgently needs to increase and extend the amount paid through SEISS to support all 4.6 million self-employed in the UK. "

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