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City leaders warn that ‘unenforceable rules’ could trigger hospitality collapse

Hospitality workers across Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester are facing mass redundancies due to new Covid-19 Restrictions, according to city councils. 

According to Sky news, a letter to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Business Secretary Alok Sharma from the leaders of the three city councils warned that the restrictions in place in these regions were threatening a “huge, disproportionate” economic fallout. 

The letter stated that: “The stark reality is that these businesses are facing the prospect of a complete decimation in trade.

“Not just in the short term but as we look ahead to the sector’s traditional lifeblood of the Christmas period and almost certainly continuing into spring/summer of next year which we know with certainty will result in mass market failure, huge levels of redundancies and depleted and boarded up high streets.”

The city leaders also encouraged the government to review the 10pm curfew, which has been imposed since last week. 

Speaking to Sky, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “We need to find a way to adjust the restrictions to ensure a balance in protecting public health and the need to protect businesses, many of which are teetering on the brink.

“Liverpool is a city which has built its revival on the leisure and hospitality sectors and it is a massive contributor not just to employment but also to business rates which fund vital local services.”

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