Chambers comment on Prime Minister’s address and next stage of Coronavirus response

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday evening, in which he set out a conditional plan for the next phase of the response to Covid-19, Nova Fairbank, Head of Policy for Norfolk Chambers said:

“Norfolk businesses share the Prime Minister's ambition to see more people return safely to work over the coming weeks.

“Companies will do everything they can to protect employees and customers, maintain social distancing and operate successfully as more sections of the economy are permitted to re-open.

“Our business community will need to see detailed plans for the phased easing of restrictions and supported by clear guidance. It is imperative that companies have detailed advice on what will need to change in the workplace, including clarity on the use of PPE.

“Firms will also need to know that government support schemes, which have helped save millions of jobs in recent weeks, will continue for as long as they are needed so that they can plan ahead with confidence.

“The timing of further easing of restrictions must be guided by the public health evidence, but businesses need their practical questions answered so they can plan to restart, rebuild and renew.”

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