19 December 2020
Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director:
“Wherever infections rise, it’s right that the Government takes the necessary steps to protect public health.
“But news that large swathes of the South East will come under new tier 4 restrictions will be a real kick in the teeth for many businesses already struggling badly.
“While much of the impact of tier 4 will be on people’s family lives, many retailers were counting on clawing back some lost ground after a really hard year.
“Support is there when business premises are forced to close and must reach firms swiftly, along with the recently extended loan and furlough support.
“But there’s no doubt a fresh look will be needed in January as to how the Government can support UK businesses through to the Spring. All efforts must be made to accelerate the roll out of mass rapid testing and the vaccine so they can start to have an impact.”