17 September 2020
Sarah Glendinning, CBI North East Director:
“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.
“Credit must go to the seven local authorities involved who have worked closely together, recognising the risk to the wider North East and reinforces the need for local and national working.
“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.”