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Businesses appeal to MP over Omicron restrictions...

As hospitality industry representatives prepare to speak with Chancellor Rishi Sunak this afternoon (Thursday) over their concerns about the rapid spread of Omicron, a business organisation in Bury St Edmunds has called on the town’s MP to raise the plight of the town centre with the Government.

 

Our Bury St Edmunds Chief Executive Mark Cordell wrote to Jo Churchill today outlining the fears of hospitality and other town centre businesses as customer no-shows and cancellations start to increase following the latest restrictions.

 

In his email to the MP Mr Cordell said: “I know you will already be aware but fundamentally the issue that concerns me is one of financial viability of many of our businesses going forward if the Governmental concern regarding the virus continues and the restrictions are not quickly lifted.” He went on to ask her to emphasise the need for financial support for businesses if the current situation continues for much longer.

 

Mr Cordell is concerned that Bury’s economic recovery that has been building over the last 18 months will be rapidly undone by the current situation. He urged shoppers and customers to support businesses in any way that they can and commented: “We understand of course that some may now be hesitant about going out but many of our member businesses have adapted to new ways of working in the pandemic and if you are thinking of cancelling a table booking please consider ordering a takeaway or moving your booking to a future date. Rather than buying beer from the supermarket why not order a takeout from the pub you would have visited instead? And many of our town centre shops still offer click and collect or phone and collect – our businesses understand customers’ concerns and want to help them prepare for Christmas as safely as they wish to.”

 

The Prime Minister is reported today as denying that he is introducing lockdown by stealth but is urging the public to exercise caution.

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