Sadiq Khan: Tier 3 'catastrophic' for London's hospitality industry

14 December 2020, 12:07 | Updated: 14 December 2020, 16:26

Mayor's reply to London moving into Tier 3

EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has branded Tier 3 restrictions "catastrophic" for the capital's hospitality sectors.

With London likely to enter Tier 3 restrictions within the week James O'Brien asked Sadiq Khan for his views.

Mr Khan said if the capital is moved from Tier 2 into Tier 3 the Government must provide extra support.

He said imposing the toughest tier across the capital would be a "blunt instrument", arguing that the rise in cases was not linked to hospitality venues but instead due to a significant increase in schools and colleges.

Mr Khan said ministers could use a meeting on Monday to decide London's status rather than wait for Wednesday's review of the allocation of tiers across England.

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He told James that none of the tiers addresses the issue of pubs, bars, and cultural venues.

The Mayor said should the capital be moved into Tier 3 then it would be "catastrophic" for those sectors.

Urging the Government to provide "additional financial support," the Mayor said it would help businesses avoid "going bust."

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He said not only had they had "an awful nine months," they had also "spent a fortune" ensuring their facilities were Covid-safe.

He warned that without support these businesses could close permanently without support.

The Mayor branded these industries "crucial for our economic recovery."

Health minister Helen Whately is understood to have painted a gloomy picture of the coronavirus situation in London to the capital's MPs with the city verging on a move up into Tier 3.

She was said to have told them in a briefing on Monday morning that a final decision ahead of Wednesday's review is yet to be made but said there is extreme concern in Government about the figures.