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Chamber reacts to Prime Minister's announcement of delay to lifting COVID-19 restrictions

The Prime Minister has announced a delay to the final phase of lifting COVID-19 restrictions until 19th July, a 4-week delay.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Many businesses across Coventry and Warwickshire will, naturally, be rocked by the news that the lifting of restrictions has been put back.

Chamber reacts to Prime Minister's announcement of delay to lifting COVID-19 restrictions

“While the Government did stress that it would focus on data and not dates, June 21 has been talked about for many weeks now and businesses have planned accordingly.

“The events and hospitality sector, for example, could not wait until a week before to start taking bookings so it has had to plan around June 21. However it is good to hear that exceptions have been made for significant life events, such as weddings, which can go ahead with more than 30 guests with COVID Secure measures.

“What’s vitally important now is that those businesses affected are given Government support and that the help gets through immediately.

“Also, it is crucial that we get the message out there that many parts of the economy are open for business across Coventry and Warwickshire and those businesses need all of our support.

“Businesses have put measures in place to ensure they follow the Government guidance and make their customers feel safe to come out for a drink, a bite to eat, for shopping, a smaller event or for an overnight stay so the public can have confidence when heading out.

“Also, non-customer facing businesses have also got measures in place so that their teams can work safely in the same environment to deliver for their clients.”

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