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Coronavirus UK: Newcastle and Soho revelers celebrate Halloween


Revelers in Newcastle and London went for a drink on Halloween last night when the Prime Minister revealed plans to plunge England into a month-long national shutdown.

Tons of young people packed in makeshift beer gardens in Borough Market, Soho, and the Big Market in the city to the northeast wearing creepy makeup to celebrate the spooky holidays.

Chaotic scenes erupted in Newcastle with police enforcing Tier 2 restrictions arresting several drinkers who were partying on the streets after pubs and bars closed for 10 p.m. curfew.

Meanwhile, Londoners seemed concerned as they had a drink with friends last Saturday before Boris Johnson's draconian ban was imposed across England.

Last night the Prime Minister announced that people will have to stay home unless there are specific reasons, such as attending school or college from midnight on Thursday through December 2nd.

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.

C.Childcare, early years facilities, schools, colleges and universities remain open, and the Prime Minister holds press conference # 10: "We cannot allow this virus to harm our children's future any more than it has before."

Mr. Johnson said it would be a "medical and moral disaster, beyond raw death" if the NHS were overrun, and described the coronavirus pandemic as "an ongoing struggle and balance that any government must strike between life and livelihood and obviously living must come first & # 39 ;.

However, Sir Keir Starmer yesterday called for a second national lockdown to begin immediately as the Labor Party demanded justification for calling for a "breaker" two weeks ago.

And the head of the UK Chambers of Commerce said the government’s new restrictions would deal a "devastating blow" to business communities and insist that it is now "much harder" for companies to survive.

Earlier this month, it emerged that the UK economy grew only 2.1 percent in August as recovery from the effects of the pandemic stalled despite Chancellor Rishi Sunak's "Eat Out to Help Out" program.

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

A group of young people in costume went to downtown Newcastle to celebrate Halloween

A group of young people in costume went to downtown Newcastle to celebrate Halloween

A group of young women dressed as police in Newcastle one evening on the last Saturday before the UK closes

A group of young women dressed as police in Newcastle one evening on the last Saturday before the UK closes

A group of young people in costume went to downtown Newcastle to celebrate Halloween

A group of young people in costume went to downtown Newcastle to celebrate Halloween

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

People in costume celebrate Halloween in Piccadilly Circus in London ahead of England's new closure

People in costume celebrate Halloween in Piccadilly Circus in London ahead of England's new closure

People in costume celebrate Halloween in Piccadilly Circus in London ahead of England's new closure

People in costume celebrate Halloween in Piccadilly Circus in London ahead of England's new closure

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Last Saturday, before England's new month-long stalemate, revelers travel to Durham in costume

Last Saturday, before England's new month-long stalemate, revelers travel to Durham in costume

A woman in a costume for Halloween

A man dressed up as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland

Revelers, including a woman as a nurse and a man as a hatter from Alice in Wonderland in Soho

Adam Marshall, British Chambers' general manager in Commerce, said market confidence had been "hit hard" by "the unclear stop-start approach" adopted by governments across the UK during the pandemic.

Important points about the COVID lockdown Mark 2

  • The restrictions start at midnight on Thursday morning and last until December 2nd.
  • People can only leave their home for certain reasons, such as: For example, to do important purchases, move around and work when they are unable to work from home.
  • Unnecessary stores are closed, although supermarkets do not have to close their aisles like in Wales.
  • Restaurants and bars will have to close unless they can provide takeout service.
  • Leisure centers, gyms, sports venues, hairdressers and beauty salons will have to close, although professional sports will continue.
  • Important companies that cannot work remotely, such as B. Construction companies should take safety precautions as before.
  • Places of worship can remain open for private prayers. Funerals are limited to close families only.
  • The vacation program will be extended during the blocking period and will not end tomorrow as originally planned.
  • Sports are allowed with no frequency limit, but organized sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – are not allowed.
  • When the lockdown expires, the Tiers system will be restored and questions remain about the metric used to determine whether restrictions can be lifted in areas.

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

"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."

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, added: “Lockdown is a decision for government, not business, and companies share the prime minister's ambition to defeat the virus. For many companies, a second national lockdown marks the beginning of a bleak winter.

& # 39; With the right support, companies will do everything possible to minimize the damage. Across the country, they have already shown how resilient they can be in the face of more stringent restrictions. And thanks to the tremendous efforts of companies to keep Covid's jobs safe, a greater part of the economy can now remain open.

“Extending your vacation is an important step. It will bring instant relief and protect jobs. It is also a breakthrough to hear government support for rapid mass testing.

“Affordable rapid tests are changing business and allowing more companies to stay open and work normally. We have to use this blocking month to prepare and introduce mass tests as a national urgency.

& # 39; However, some sectors may need tailored support in the coming weeks.

“It is also clear that communication needs to be improved. Corporations cannot plan based on speculation. Formal corporate involvement in lockdown planning is now urgently needed, coupled with coordination with decentralized nations to minimize confusion and build trust. & # 39;

ILLEGAL RAVE BROKEN NEAR BRISTOL AFTER PARTYGOERS TURN VIOLENCE ON THE POLICE

Police have moved to end an illegal rave in Yate, near Bristol. There members of a 500-strong crowd are said to have acted violently against the officers present.

Avon and Somerset police said in a statement they were called to reports of an illegal rave in a warehouse around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police, including Covid-19 police officers, were in attendance, and when members of the crowd began to use violence against them, a rave law was passed to order the crowd to disperse or face a possible arrest.

There were no immediate details of any arrests.

The TUC union insisted that the government act decisively sooner.

Secretary General Frances O & # 39; Grady said: “The expansion of the vacation program is long overdue and necessary, but ministers need to do more to protect jobs and prevent poverty.

“The vacation wage must never fall below the national minimum wage. We need a boost to universal credit and the government shouldn't give up the self-employed. And we will not control the virus unless the government fixes the testing and tracing system and scandal of workers who are being asked to self-isolate without adequate sick pay. & # 39;

The Treasury Department announced that in addition to expanding the vacation program, businesses that are about to close in England can receive grants of up to £ 3,000 per month, while local authorities will receive £ 1.1 billion in one-off payments to businesses in their country Areas.

Homeowners can also take advantage of mortgage payment vacation that was supposed to end on Saturday but has been extended.

Mr. Sunak said, “In the last eight months of this crisis, we have helped millions of people continue to care for their families. But now – along with many other countries around the world – we are facing a harsh winter.

“I've always said that if the situation develops, we will do everything. Now that the restrictions are tightening, we are taking steps to provide further financial assistance to protect jobs and businesses. These changes will provide an important safety net for people across the UK. & # 39;

Non-essential businesses are among the companies that will be affected by the new lockdown.

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.

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

A group of young people went out in costume in Soho last Saturday before the UK closure begins

A group of young people went out in costume in Soho last Saturday before the UK closure begins

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

A night owl with a beer bottle in hand speaks to a Covid marshall in Soho before England closes again

A night owl with a beer bottle in hand speaks to a Covid marshall in Soho before England closes again

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

Revelers, including a man disguised as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland enjoying an evening in Soho

Revelers, including a man disguised as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland enjoying an evening in Soho

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

& # 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. "

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of the British Independent Retailers & # 39; Association, said: & # 39; This second lockdown couldn't be a worse time for independent retailers as we approach the crucial holiday season. Christmas shopping has already started and is now being done online.

& # 39; Small retailers need help with this lockdown. The vacation program should be reintroduced, the all small business grant system reinstated and planning for a "shop-out-to-help" program to be available when shops reopen.

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

Police arrest a reveler as she and her friends party on the streets in Newcastle city center after the 10pm curfew

Police enforce the 10pm curfew in Newcastle city center before England closes again

Police enforce the 10pm curfew in Newcastle city center before England closes again

Revelers dresses up as Batman and the Joker in Newcastle for Halloween before England shuts down again

Revelers dresses up as Batman and the Joker in Newcastle for Halloween before England shuts down again

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

"We lost 25 percent of independent retailers after the last lockdown, and further lockdowns will decimate the sector without meaningful support."

Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “Today's announcement, however necessary, will inevitably put many small businesses before the bleakest winter and second deep recession in 12 months. There is an urgent need for clarity on how this will support small businesses and the self-employed.

& # 39; For the first wave of lockdown, the FSB encouraged the government to create financial support programs for businesses based on three principles – as generous as possible, as many as possible, and as soon as possible.

"We're going to need the government now to meet this level of ambition and to take into account the lessons learned earlier this year – a second wave support package to offset the effects of a second wave of restrictions." This will help the country's small businesses get through by spring and help drive the recovery. & # 39;

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: “A second lockdown is a devastating blow to an industry that is currently on its knees.

& # 39; Pubs have already invested thousands to reopen Covid-safe environments, despite incomes falling sharply. Simply put, the new lock couldn't come at a worse time.

“The government needs to put in place a solid support package for all pubs and breweries – regardless of their current value.

Revelers dressed up for Halloween have a drink outside a pub on Frith Street in Soho before England closes

Revelers dressed up for Halloween have a drink outside a pub on Frith Street in Soho before England closes

People gather outside the Market Porter pub in Borough Market, Southwark, ahead of England's new closure

People gather outside the Market Porter pub in Borough Market, Southwark, ahead of England's new closure

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

“An extension of the holiday program is welcomed, but it does not go far enough.

"We need more details on how much support is being offered and a clear roadmap outside of the lockdown to ensure local jobs and businesses are not lost forever."

Sir Keir Starmer says the new national lockdown should begin NOW, not Thursday as Labor claims justification for calling for a breaker two weeks ago – amid Tories' Covid crisis & # 39; Boris & # 39; Suez & # 39; calls and says: & # 39; We are crazy! & # 39;

Sir Keir Starmer called for a second national lockdown to begin immediately when the Labor Party demanded justification for calling for a "breaker" two weeks ago.

The Labor leader also said his party would back the government in a vote on a new lockdown across England to be held in the House of Commons next week.

He welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to plunge the country into a second closure but told reporters that it should have happened "weeks ago".

Sir Keir had previously asked the UK government to lock down a "breaker" for two to three weeks to warn that "sacrifices" would have to be made to quell the virus.

Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted that he was "angry" that the government had "hesitated and delayed" and said its "indecision will have unimaginable consequences" for "life and livelihood."

And Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey called the Tory government “a complete mess,” tweeted, “The tremors and delays have cost them jobs and lives. PM needs to make sure that people get the support through this lockdown that need them – and start working on a UK plan for Christmas. & # 39;

Tory Backbencher were outraged that the media learned of the new lockdown before the prime minister made an announcement in parliament. In a WhatsApp message from the PA news agency, the Prime Minister wrote to MPs to apologize to them and to make sure No10 had not informed journalists about the measures yesterday.

With MPs expected to vote on the measures on Wednesday, Mr Johnson will have to keep the back benches on the side, a significant number of which are extremely skeptical of restrictions.

Senior conservatives told Times Radio's Matt Chorley the prime minister had "borrowed time" and "completely incapacitated," while another reportedly said, "I think it might be Suez."

One said, “Is this a deliberate destruction of the Tory Party? People only choose us because they think we don't care, but they are competent. Lose the competence and we are f **** d. We have lost the competence. And we're crazy. & # 39;

But rebel ringleader Steve Baker seemed to have heeded the dire warnings from scientists after a # 10 briefing, telling Sky News, "I want to encourage all members of the public and all members of Parliament to listen extremely carefully to the Prime Minister, Minister says today and in the days to come. & # 39;

Emma McClarkin, General Manager of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “As a sector we are obviously devastated to have to close our pubs and fear for their future, but we recognize the situation and the spread of Covid-19 is serious.

Make no mistake, this could be the final straw for thousands of pubs and brewers. This will also create significant disruptions for our supply chain partners, whose companies are now also at high risk.

“The amount of financial support must be the same, if not higher, than what was planned for the first lockdown earlier this year. This means grants for all pubs sufficient to cover ongoing fixed costs and compensation grants for the UK brewers, which will also be permanently destroyed by the lockdown.

"The news of the full vacation program being extended for this embargo is welcome, but we are waiting for all the details and need a full support plan well beyond the embargo to save our major UK pubs and brewers."

A spokesperson for UKHospitality added: “The public health objectives are rightly the motive for the new measures and for this reason we fully support all appropriate measures required.

& # 39; The cost of a second hospitality lockdown will be even higher than the first, which will come after periods of forced closure, mass debt accumulation and then significantly lower trading due to the restrictions of recent weeks. The sector has been the hardest and first hit, and this recent shutdown will hurt for months and years to come. Extending vacation for another month helps protect our workforce during this difficult time.

“If the hospitality industry, the sector that is the third largest employer in our country, is to survive and contribute to economic recovery, it needs support equal to or greater than the initial ban.

& # 39; The hospitality industry has already reached its limits and many have already closed. For those who survived, viability is on the cutting edge, as is the future of tens of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on hospitality, including across the supply chain across the country.

& # 39; It's important for companies to be given a lifeline to survive the winter before they get support to enter a recovery phase in 2021 as the country's prospects improve. Having a clear roadmap outside of the lockdown and through the tiers will also be vital for organizations to plan their survival and secure hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“It's important to remember that some parts of hospitality, such as nightclubs, weren't even allowed to reopen. Support for those who, now that the potential reopening has been postponed further into the future, needs to be stepped up to ensure they are not lost forever. & # 39;

Ian Wright, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Food and Drink Federation, said, “The confirmation that the vacation program is being extended is extremely welcome news for food and beverage companies that continue to feed the nation.

'However, we need further clarity that the food supply chain is adequately supported.

'Without further confirmation, thousands of jobs will be threatened as companies consider closing their doors for good.

"The economic ramifications of this decision threaten disaster unless we see more details of a bailout in the next 72 hours."

On a night traditionally one of the busiest for bars and nightclubs, Michael Kill, executive director of the Night Time Industries Association, also lamented the impact.

"Today's announcement by the prime minister will put night economy businesses before a 'financial Armageddon'. It's the worst of Halloween," he said.

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

A group of young people marked Halloween by heading for Newcastle city center ahead of England's new closure

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

Drinkers and diners in Soho in central London enjoyed one last Saturday night with friends before England closed

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

People were seen enjoying drinks at Borough Market in Southwark ahead of England's new month-long lockdown

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A security guard runs towards people in Halloween outfits in Portsmouth on the Guildhall Walk

“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."

Police escort young revelers from a party in Leigh, East Lancashire, on Saturday night after a Halloween rendezvous

Police escort young revelers from a party in Leigh, East Lancashire on Saturday night after a Halloween get-together

Hundreds of people attended an illegal lockdown rave in Leigh. About fifteen police emergency vehicles were parked on a street in the city of Lancashire

Hundreds of people attended an illegal lockdown rave in Leigh. About fifteen police emergency vehicles were parked on a street in the city of Lancashire

Pictures show the large number of youths gathering at a gas station in Leigh, east Lancashire, as the police have been called

Pictures show the large number of youths gathering at a gas station in Leigh, east Lancashire, as the police have been called

A line of police emergency vehicles is pictured during the incident in Leigh, east Lancashire, where young revelers went to a rave on Halloween

A line of police emergency vehicles is pictured during the incident in Leigh, east Lancashire, where young revelers went to a rave on Halloween

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."

Teaching unions are already calling for schools to be closed in a new national lockdown – contrary to Boris Johnson's plan to keep them open when restrictions begin Thursday

Teaching unions are already calling for schools to close on Saturday despite Boris Johnson's insistence that they stay open during a new national lockdown.

The National Education Union's joint secretary general Kevin Courtney called for schools to be included in new lockdown restrictions, saying it was a "mistake" to allow them to stay open.

Jo Grady, general secretary of Universities and College Union (UCU), said it was "incomprehensible" to continue in-person classes.

However, at the Downing Street press conference on Saturday night, Mr Johnson confirmed schools, universities and colleges would remain open when he announced a new statewide lockdown.

He said the country could not afford the virus "harming the future of our children even more than it has before".

However, Anne Longfield, England's Commissioner for Children, said it was "very welcome" that the schools remain open, adding that it would have been a "disaster" if they closed.

Her comments were echoed by prominent headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh, who said it was "wonderful" that schools are staying open.

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 percent of their income, compared to 80 percent for employees through 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. "

Stephen Phipson, Managing Director of Make UK, said: “The industry will accept this decision and continue to support national efforts as they have done since the crisis began. The fact that we now have more ventilators and medication in hospitals, PPE in nursing homes, and groceries on supermarket shelves is due to their great efforts.

& # 39; However, this Halloween is far from being a treat for manufacturers and there will be further ramifications for some industries that are already badly affected and may still need industry-specific support.

“ Given that this couldn't have come at a worse time for jobs, Make UK welcomes the decision to extend the job retention system to 80 percent of salaries, which has so far been such an important role in protecting as many as possible Jobs in our sector has played.

"Given that this crisis is taking some time to complete, the government must continue to adopt a flexible and fast-paced policy approach to all sectors of the economy, not just those that are being forced to shut down."

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