Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement of further easing of Coronavirus restrictions from July 4 in England, including the reopening of culture, tourism and leisure venues as well as a relaxation of the two-metre rule, Doncaster Chamber Chief Executive, Dan Fell said:

“The further easing of the lockdown will be welcome news to many within Doncaster’s business community.  However, this will not be a return to business as normal and in order to comply with the guidance from Government, businesses will need to be agile and innovative.  Additionally, we know that demand is likely to remain suppressed in many areas and Government will need to introduce further stimulus packages in order to boost both business and consumer confidence.

“A key way of the Government supporting businesses and jobs will be for it to bring forward major infrastructure investment – for example a new hospital for Doncaster – and to double down on its election commitment to ‘level up’ the economy through via investment in Yorkshire and North of England.

“Finally, just because Government was given the OK for some sectors to re-open, it does not necessarily mean that businesses in those sectors can necessary re-open profitably.  For many, even a 1m distance between customers is economically unviable and we urge the Prime Minister and others not to forget about organisations stuck in this unenviable position in the weeks and months ahead.”