City Corporation responds to new national COVID-19 measures

The Prime Minister today [31 October 2020] announced that new national COVID-19 measures will come into effect from Thursday.

In response, the City of London Corporation’s Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness said:

“England is facing a long and difficult winter. This second national lockdown will be a blow to households and businesses across the country.

“The Prime Minister explained why these extraordinary measures are needed to slow the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. We again urge people to act responsibly by complying with the new restrictions once they come into effect.

“It is clear that the virus is not going to go away quickly. Households and businesses will need additional support through these tough times so it is welcome that the furlough scheme has been extended. In order to pay for this support, we will also need sectors such as hospitality and retail to reopen safely as well as office workers returning to COVID-secure workplaces as soon as possible.

“We urge policymakers to keep these measures under close review based on the evidence and set out a pathway for how parts of the country, including London, can return to a semblance of normality. The Government should also outline a clear plan for our economic recovery that backs the industries that will drive future growth."


Notes to editors

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