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Paul Cherpeau’s statement on the delaying of the roadmap

CEO Paul Cherpeau reacts to the UK Government’s decision to delay the roadmap

Many businesses will be disappointed but realistic in their response to the decision to delay the full reopening of our economy.

So many lives and livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic and the restrictions it has brought upon the country. The process of unlocking must be irreversible – the last thing anyone wants is a return to greater restrictions – so a pause can be justified if it’s a means to that end.

However, what must happen next is a renewed, strong commitment to providing targeted support to those sectors which will be most adversely affected or undermined by this latest delay, including hospitality and the arts.

The success of the vaccine rollout and the receding link between Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths should precipitate an imminent lifting of all restrictions and we encourage a full reopening of our economy as soon as is practically possible.

Paul Cherpeau Chief Executive

Liverpool Chamber