THE BUSINESS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Yesterday, September 22, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of new restrictions aimed at curbing the recent growth in Covid-19 cases. The new rules involve hospitality venues closing at 10pm, and sees the Government advising those who can work from home to do so, rather than go into the office.
Responding to the announcement, the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, requested that the Government set out a "comprehensive support package" for businesses affected by the decision.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Marshall said "Businesses understand that further restrictions are necessary to tackle the rising number of Coronavirus cases, but these measures will impact business and consumer confidence at a delicate time for the economy."
Mr Marshall went on to say that "Businesses, their employees and customers need to see a clear road map for the existing restrictions and those that may be introduced in the future. This must include transparent trigger points, and clarity about the support available to protect jobs and livelihoods."
Concluding his statement, Marshall said that the government "should waste no time in setting out a comprehensive support package for firms forced to close or reduce capacity through no fault of their own."
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a membership organisation compiled of Chambers of Commerce across the UK, many of which support local businesses on their export and import plans.
For the full text of Mr Marshall's statement, go to www.britishchambers.org.uk/news/2020/09/bcc-responds-to-new-national-coronavirus-restrictions
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