Thursday 21 January 2021 / 4:29 PM Business / Lucy Powell

Lucy Powell responds to comments by Sage scientists that hospitality businesses should be closed until May

Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers, responding to comments by Sage scientists that hospitality businesses should be closed until May, said:

“It’s vital that the government gets the virus under control, and we support stringent public health measures to drive down infections. However, it’s now critical that adequate economic support goes hand in hand with public health measures, so that we can secure our economy as we safeguard communities.

“We’ve already seen the worst recession of any major economy, and unless Ministers put in place a comprehensive, long term plan to give businesses a shot in the arm, we’ll see huge numbers going bust, with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and livelihoods as a result of government failure.”