Boris Johnson plunges companies into chaos as he imposes strict earn a living from home order and trade bosses blast new lockdown as newest ‘physique blow’
- Boris Johnson introduced this night a brand new nationwide lockdown for England
- The Prime Minister mentioned everybody who can earn a living from home ought to now accomplish that
- Enterprise chiefs mentioned lockdown is the newest ‘physique blow’ suffered by onerous hit corporations
The Prime Minister used a Downing Street tackle to the nation to unveil robust new curbs which can final till the center of February.
Amongst them was a strict instruction to remain at house, with individuals solely allowed to go outdoors for certainly one of a handful of particular important causes.
Folks can nonetheless journey to go to work however Mr Johnson careworn that exception ought to solely apply to individuals who ‘completely can not earn a living from home’.
Mr Johnson is urging the nation to stay to the brand new guidelines from this night however enterprise chiefs reacted with anger because of the brief discover and since the PM didn’t announce any new monetary assist for corporations.
Business bosses mentioned the newest restrictions represented one other ‘physique blow’ to struggling companies.
Boris Johnson tonight introduced a brand new coornavirus lockdown for England, with all employees advised to earn a living from home wherever doable
Talking in Quantity 10, Mr Johnson mentioned robust new coronavirus curbs are needed in an effort to crackdown on a brand new, extra infectious pressure of the illness which is spreading throughout the UK.
He mentioned: ‘With many of the nation already below excessive measures, it’s clear that we have to do extra, collectively, to carry this new variant below management whereas our vaccines are rolled out.
‘In England, we should due to this fact go right into a nationwide lockdown which is hard sufficient to comprise this variant.
‘Which means the Authorities is as soon as once more instructing you to remain at house.
‘It’s possible you’ll solely go away house for restricted causes permitted in regulation, akin to to buy necessities, to work if you happen to completely can not earn a living from home, to train, to hunt medical help akin to getting a Covid take a look at, or to flee home abuse.’
The Authorities has already introduced that its furlough wage assist scheme is being prolonged to the top of April.
However enterprise leaders instantly mentioned the brand new lockdown would require extra assist if corporations are to remain afloat.
Adam Marshall, the director basic of the British Chambers of Commerce, mentioned: ‘Companies will perceive why the Prime Minister has felt compelled to behave on the spiralling risk to public well being, however they are going to be baffled and disenchanted by the truth that he didn’t announce further assist for affected companies alongside these new restrictions.
‘The lockdowns introduced in England and Scotland at this time are a physique blow to our enterprise communities, onerous on the heels of misplaced commerce in the course of the festive season and uncertainty linked to the top of the Brexit transition interval.
‘Tens of hundreds of corporations are already in a precarious place, and now face a interval of additional hardship and issue.
‘Billions have already been spent serving to good corporations to outlive this unprecedented disaster and to avoid wasting jobs.
‘These companies should not be allowed to fail now, when the vaccine rollout offers mild on the finish of this lengthy tunnel.’
The announcement of a brand new England-wide lockdown instantly prompted calls from enterprise leaders for Rishi Sunak to carry ahead a brand new bundle of monetary assist
Richard Burge, chief govt of London Chamber of Commerce and Business, echoed the same sentiment.
‘The extension of the furlough scheme to the Spring was welcome, however it would stay a cliff edge as we get nearer, as are the top of the VAT and enterprise price aid durations,’ he mentioned.
‘These have to be prolonged. We additionally must see an enlargement of the grants programme delivered through councils, primarily based on the variety of companies inside a borough, quite than the variety of residents.
‘Authorities wants to know that it is a London Marathon. You propose for the long-haul, you’ve got feeding and water stations all alongside the way in which, and assist after the end line. The Treasury wants to provide their plan for this marathon. For the time being, they’re absent on responsibility and London could fall as a consequence.’