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County’s Hospitality Sector to “Feel the Sharp Sting” of Tier 3 Restrictions

County’s Hospitality Sector to “Feel the Sharp Sting” of Tier 3 Restrictions

Michael Weedon, EM Policy Representative for the Federation of Small Businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire has reacted to today’s confirmation that Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is set to enter Tier 3 restrictions from next Wednesday:

“We were expecting this, but hearing the stark news that the whole of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will face the highest restrictions for at least two weeks - right in the run up to Christmas - is frankly devastating.

"Our county’s hospitality businesses will really feel the sharp sting of this decision at a point in the year when they would ordinarily be at their busiest. The owners and staff of cafes, pubs, hotels, restaurants and cinemas have gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic to protect customers, spending huge sums of money to make their venues Covid-secure, only to now face this news. They will of course comply with the restrictions but today’s news will be heart-breaking for them. We can only hope that the review in two weeks’ time will see enough progress to allow for a move down the tier system so these businesses can reopen for Christmas. They will be pinning hope on that.

“We are of course pleased that despite the county being in Tier 3 that our independent shops, gyms and personal care businesses can resume trade from Wednesday. I encourage everyone to do all they can to support these amazing firms as much as they can over the coming weeks.”

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