Sean Rose, Policy Officer at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses have welcomed the support that they have received over the past year but what they really want to be able to do is trade.
“This latest announcement means more of our local businesses will be able to start doing what they do best again as of Monday.
“That said, there are still many areas of the economy that are still on hold until the next phase of the roadmap and businesses in those sectors are keen to open up as soon as possible.
“However, firms will need clarity around Covid certification as there is much speculation and discussion around what this may mean and which businesses might be affected but without concrete proposals, firms won’t know whether they need to prepare for it.”
Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “This is great news. Many firms will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that they will soon be able to reopen their doors to customers. The last year has taken a heavy toll on firms across the country and they will be counting down the hours until they can begin trading and rebuilding their businesses.
“However, the route back to a full reopening of the economy is still a long way off, with continued uncertainty for some sectors about whether, and when, the next roadmap steps will be met and many more firms asking questions, yet to be answered, about when they can open at full capacity or with fewer restrictions.”
Trish Willetts, BID Director at Coventry BID, comments:
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming back many of our retailers on Monday, as well as some of our food and drink outlets for al fresco dining. Monday marks an important milestone on the roadmap to recovery and bringing our wonderful city back to life again. The public realm work is going well – and is almost complete – and we have so much to look forward to as spring turns in to summer – from the official start of our City of Culture year to the Coventry Food Festival – it’s time to bring the joy!
“The safety of our businesses and visitors to the city centre continues to be a key priority, with barriers and new signage reminding everyone to remain vigilant and continue practicing social distancing. It’s likely that there will be pinch points throughout the city, as we expect there to be more visitors than usual, so please be sensible, stay safe and enjoy your time rediscovering our great city.”