Chamber Comments on Bolton Covid Restrictions

Date: 08/09/2020
Author: Chris Fletcher
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Commenting on the news that all hospitality in Bolton will have to be take-away only and with a strict night-time closure programme in place Chris Fletcher Policy and Communications Director said:

“To anyone watching with concern the news and recent rises in cases over the last few days, today’s announcement by the Health Secretary about further restrictions and measures in Bolton will come as little surprise. Even though venues can remain open and just offer a takeaway service, the potential hit to the hospitality sector, just getting back on its feet after enduring a longer lockdown than other sectors could be extremely damaging. The other question is how quickly businesses affected can convert to off site sales.”

“There is a worrying trend across Greater Manchester with rising cases and the big concern is that to ensure public health is protected this won’t be the only example of further restrictions with the possibility of even more drastic local lockdown measures should the numbers not start improving.”