Businesses forced to stay closed in lockdown easing delay need support - YEP Comment

Today businesses across the city forced to keep their doors shuttered are issuing a clarion call for support.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:45 am
Gavin McQueen, the General Manager of Leeds PRYZM nightclub. Photo: Oli Scarff /AFP via Getty Images

Last night they were dealt a devastating blow after the Prime Minister announced that the road map easing earmarked for June 21 will be delayed for four weeks until July 19.

Limits on numbers for sports events, pubs and cinemas will therefore remain in place, nightclubs will stay closed and people will be asked to continue working from home where possible.

Gavin McQueen, general manager of PRYZM Leeds, said the nighttime sector is “at the back of the queue” as he calls for extra financial support following Boris Johnson’s announcement.

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They were gearing up for their reopening next week only to have to put their plans on ice.

And he’s not alone.

The call has also been echoed by Leeds Chamber, who called for support measures to be in place to help those who have been severely damaged by lockdown.

They need help or we risk losing them forever.

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