Save the north's hospitality industry from harmful Covid-19 Tier three restrictions

Save the north's hospitality industry from harmful Covid-19 Tier three restrictions

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Suzanne Halliwell started this petition to Matt Hancock and

We urge the Government to act now to save our hospitality industry and protect jobs, in the North of England, by reversing the decision to seek the closure of venues placed in tier three (Covid-19 restrictions) and revert instead to the “rule of six”, with sanitisation and safety measures as standard.

Hospitality businesses in the North of England are being disproportionately asked to bear the brunt of restrictions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 with many facing ruin, and subsequent loss of jobs. This is despite the North showing some of the most rapid reductions in COVID transmissions in the entire UK.

Our venues are facing ruin due to the continued closures and restrictions forced on restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes by Government based on unproven modelling, to mitigate against the spread of the virus in other parts of our lives such as schools and large public events.

Hospitality venues are employers of choice for those with a wide range of caring responsibilities, many of whom need more flexibility in the workplace, and as such any loss of jobs in this industry will therefore impact most on some of the most vulnerable in society.

We believe that a roll out of mass testing in tier 3 areas, would help mitigate this more appropriately and allow venues to re-open safely.

In addition, town centre regeneration has been driven by the hospitality industry, creating a café society loved by many. The loss of venues will lead to devastation in many towns and cities, with the biggest impact in Northern England. At a time when many high street retailers closing their doors due to the harsh trading conditions, the additional job losses in the hospitality industry will lead to an economic crisis, that will have long lasting consequences on our towns and cities.

We therefore urge Government to seek to overturn these tough restrictions and save our industry protecting jobs and the economies of Northern Towns and Cities.

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