16 December 2020
Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said:
“It is for the Welsh Government and their health advisors to take the lead in setting rules for the festive period, and public wellbeing will rightly be at the forefront of their thinking. Businesses know infection rates must be controlled to save lives and protect against longer-term economic scarring.
“Nevertheless, invoking what is effectively a full lockdown at such a crucial time for many businesses – particularly those in the hardest-hit hospitality, retail and tourism sectors – will come as a fresh blow after many months of hardship and once again puts further jobs at risk.
“It’s vital that any change to rules – anywhere in the UK – is shaped by clear evidence, consistently applied, and accompanied by increased support for businesses in the worst-hit sectors. Vaccinations are now underway and offer tangible reasons for optimism in 2021 – the government must do everything possible to help businesses survive until risks recede and trade returns.”