City Corporation responds to London moving to Tier 2: High Alert

The Government has announced that London will be placed into Tier 2: High Alert to manage outbreaks of COVID-19 and suppress the virus. Responding to the news, City of London Corporation Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness said:

“Many businesses across London and the Square Mile will be breathing a collective sigh of relief now that they will be able to trade in the run up to Christmas as a result of this decision.

“That said, as we look to the new year, firms in the City urgently need clarity on when office workers can return to COVID-secure workplaces. This is vital in order to get as much of the economy operating as possible and protect livelihoods. We also need a thriving economy to help pay for the vast amount of support being provided at this time.

“Employers have dedicated considerable resources to deliver COVID-secure workplaces and to restore confidence among their staff. A blanket recommendation to work from home into the Spring risks stalling the capital’s recovery and damaging long-term competitiveness.

“With reports of a coming vaccine it seems there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, but in the meantime we urge Londoners to continue to act responsibly by complying with the new rules in order to reduce transmission, save lives and protect the NHS.”