Chamber CEO Comments on Today's Government Announcement

19 Jan 2022

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

Chamber CEO Comments on Today's Government Announcement

Whilst we understand that Covid-19, and its variant’s remain with us, it is encouraging to hear those cases of Omicron are falling and news of the end of work from home guidance will now be welcomed by business, particularly those based in city and town centres across our region which rely on footfall from office workers.

The removal of the requirement for vaccine passports will also be positive for our members in the events sector and night-time economy. Many firms are still experiencing significant staff absences and will be cautious about teams rushing back to the office when that could result in further absences.

However, as we move forward, businesses will now want to know what the Government’s longer-term contingency plans are to support firms should a new variant create a fresh wave of serious infections and require restrictions.

As we move out of restrictions, the Government must make positive interventions to power forward our economic recovery, by making strides on key issues such as growing our export base and levelling up local economies.

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