North East UK news Businesses appeal for support as North East lockdown measures are outlined MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Business organisations support new restrictions but say many companies will need added support if they are to survive
Breaking News ! Business leaders say support for companies will be crucial after new lockdown measures were introduced in the North East. Measures announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock following a surge in coronavirus cases include a ban on socialising with other households and a 10pm curfew for hospitality businesses. The measures - which were requested by local leaders - have been broadly welcomed but will add to the problems facing a sector already hard hit by the earlier, national lockdown and the need for social distancing in their premises. The measures for Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham come into force tomorrow. Matthew Fell, CBI UK chief policy director, urged the Government to review support packages for businesses in autumn, in the wake of the new regional measures. He said: “Businesses in the North East know public health must come first and have been doing all they can to keep staff and customers safe, whether it’s pubs, shops, factories or offices. “This news will come as a bitter disappointment for many businesses across the North East, but the Government cannot stand by as infection rates rise in the region. “Taking action now can help to maintain confidence and avoid further restrictions on businesses and households in the months ahead. “With the number of new local restrictions on the rise, the Government will need to take an urgent look at the business support packages for the autumn, including a successor to the furlough scheme.” Read More Related Articles Lighthouse Laboratory Covid-19 testing facility confirmed for Tyneside bringing 1,100 jobs Read More Related Articles The five questions Matt Hancock must answer as local lockdown restrictions come to the North East Simon Hanson, North East development manager at the FSB, said his organisation welcomed the regional approach taken by the seven local authorities across the North East to coordinate the response to the local restrictions that have been announced. He said: “It’s vital that smaller businesses are supported for as long as these measures are in place across the region. Smaller businesses will need financial support to make the changes needed to be Covid secure and adapt to these new measures.
.” Residents across all seven boroughs are being told not to socialise with anyone outside of their own household or support bubble - indoors or outdoors. New limits imposed on pubs, restaurants and other food and drink premises also mean they are restricted to table service only and leisure and entertainment venues must close between 10pm and 5am. Debrah Dhugga, the COO of bar and hotel operator The Apartment Group, called upon the leisure industry in the region to work with authorities to get the sector back on track, saying further jobs are now at risk. Her warning comes after Newcastle city centre BID organisation NE1 called for urgent help for the sector, warning that a number of nightclubs – part of the city economy worth £340m a year and employing some 6,500 people – are at risk of collapse. Mrs Dhugga said: “As the number of cases have been rising rapidly in many parts of the country, but in particular the North East, it is of course important to impose further restrictions. A decision to impose further restrictions was inevitable. We all most work together to get through this crisis. “Hospitality businesses across the UK are having to more than ever keep a close eye on our guests and employees wellbeing. These turbulent times are having a negative impact on almost all people who work in hospitality. “It is critical all hospitality operators work close with the local authorities to keep our regions safe and to try and get the economy back up and running soonest.”
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