LCCI comment on new Covid-19 tier system

Monday 12 October 2020

Responding to the new Covid-19 tier system, Richard Burge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:

“Bringing in a simplified system to manage and understand Covid-19 restrictions makes sense in theory, but it must be accompanied by evidence that explains clearly why certain businesses and sectors are the target of increased restrictions.

“Businesses have proven throughout this crisis that they will put the health of their staff and customers first, but after their valiant attempts to trade through this challenging climate and keep people employed, as the tiers change they deserve a specific explanation of why and how their sacrifice will lower transmission rates.  For example, many London businesses question the basis of the 10pm curfew, especially when we see scenes of masses packing into public transport at once after.

“In London, businesses will also still be pondering whether any changes will be delivered city-wide or more locally.”