Govt publishes route out for England

The Government has published its route out for England. There will be four steps, the dates of which will ultimately depend on certain conditions being met. Non essential retail will reopen no earlier than 12 April in Step 2.

The BRC has said

BRC respond to Prime Minister’s Roadmap 

 

22nd February 2021

 

Responding to the PM’s route out plan, Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said:

“We welcome the additional clarity provided by the Prime Minister. While we are encouraged by a plan for non-essential stores to reopen, the heavy impact of the pandemic means some may never be able to. The cost of lost sales to non-food stores during lockdown is now over £22bn and counting. Every day that a shop remains closed increases the chances that it will never open again - costing jobs and damaging local communities.”

 

“Non-essential shops are ready to reopen and have been investing hundreds of millions on making themselves Covid-secure. Government should remain flexible and allow non-essential retail to reopen as soon as the data suggests it is safe to do so. Until it is permitted, retailers will need continued support from Government. We welcome the PM’s call ‘not to pull the rug out’ from under businesses. To this end, the Government must act on three vital issues – rents, rates and grants.

 

“To avoid further job losses and permanent job closures, the Chancellor must announce a targeted business rates relief from April and extend the moratorium on debt enforcement, as well as removing state aid caps on Covid business grants. This would relieve struggling businesses of bills they cannot currently pay and allow them to trade their way to recovery.”

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