Peterborough business leader urges Government not to impose stop-start restrictions
A business leader in Peterborough has urged the Government not to impose an endless round of stop-start restrictions on employers.
The plea comes from John Bridge, the chief executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a three tier strategy for limited local restrictions in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19.
Mr Bridge said: “Firms have put hard work and precious cash into making their businesses Covid-secure, and must be allowed to operate unless there is overwhelming and clear evidence to the contrary.
“Businesses cannot be subjected to a roller coaster of stop-start restrictions with no end in sight.
“Above all, businesses need to see an exit strategy to prevent economic paralysis.
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“Mass testing, faster processing and proportionate financial support for those forced to self-isolate are crucial to supporting businesses and communities in the months ahead.
He added: “Local business leaders must be more deeply involved in decision-making, so that the real-world consequences for livelihoods and communities are understood.
“The introduction of all new restrictions must go hand-in-hand with the appropriate level of financial support, both now and into the future.”