As the rates of Covid-19 are rising in the capital, the possibility of more severe Covid-19 restrictions looms over London’s residents and businesses. London boroughs are calling on all Londoners to be extra safe and vigilant this weekend to save lives and jobs.
This weekend is critical, with many shoppers, retailers and those in the hospitality sector experiencing high numbers of interactions in the busy but essential period of Christmas shopping. This has been a challenging year for London’s businesses and they need to keep trading. Without support from shoppers, these businesses will not survive.
While it is vital we all do our bit to support our local businesses, the latest data shows that rates of coronavirus infection are on the rise in most London boroughs, including in people aged 60 and over who are most at risk of serious illness or death. If cases continue to rise, the capital will be moved into Tier 3 with greater restrictions to protect residents from the virus.
Tier 3 restrictions include the closing of all hospitality settings such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect.
Cllr Danny Thorpe, London Councils’ Executive member for Business, Europe and Good Growth, said:
“London’s retail and hospitality industries have worked diligently throughout the pandemic to ensure their shops and restaurants are Covid-secure. We are asking them to make an extra effort this weekend to minimise the risk of further increases in rates of infection, reducing the likelihood of more severe restrictions that will follow if rates keep rising.
“It is vital that we as Londoners support our local shops and hospitality industry, if we are in the position to. We can ensure we save our local high streets and businesses whilst protecting public health by making sure we shop extra safely this weekend. By doing so, we will save lives and the jobs that would inevitably be lost if London went into Tier 3 restrictions where pubs and restaurants are closed.
“In order to keep infections down, we must all remain vigilant and stick to the rules as we support businesses by shopping and eating out. Please remember to wear a mask when out and about in crowded places. Everyone must wear a mask on public transport, in shops, and when in restaurants, except when sitting at their table.
“Only by working together can we stop a surge of cases in London ahead of the festive period and save London’s beloved businesses.”