City Corporation responds to moving into Tier 4

The Government has announced that London will be placed under new Tier 4 restrictions from Sunday 20th December to manage outbreaks of COVID-19 and suppress the virus.

Responding to the news, City of London Corporation Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness said:

This is very sad news which will cause huge disappointment to individuals, households and businesses across London.

“Once more we urge policymakers to keep the decision under close review, based on the evidence, so that the capital can move back to the lower tiers and gain a semblance of normality as soon as possible.

“It is if anything even more vital that the businesses and hospitality and cultural enterprises which cannot operate as usual during this critical run up to Christmas and beyond are given adequate support.

“I welcome the start of the vaccine rollout across London and the rest of the UK. In the meantime, though, we must bring this dreadful virus under control, and we strongly urge Londoners to continue to act responsibly by complying with the new Tier 4 rules in order to reduce transmission, save lives and protect the NHS.

“As we look to 2021, we urgently need our economy to thrive to help pay for the vast amount of support being provided at this time. The City will need clarity on when office workers can return to COVID-secure workplaces.

“It is vital to keep as much of the economy operating as possible to help protect livelihoods.”

Notes to Editors:

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