Politicians and businesses from across Greater Manchester are calling for support for the hospitality industry as people are deserting the industry following warnings over Omicron

Last night England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty told the public “don’t mix with people you don’t have to” and urged them to prioritise events and celebrations “that really matter to them”.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham tweeted

“You can’t tell people to “think carefully” before going to pubs and restaurants and then fail to provide any support for the workers/businesses affected.

The Government needs to bring forward a support package TODAY for hospitality, events, music and other affected sectors.”

While Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell said:

“December is the golden month for our theatres – esp town/regional ones with pantos – music venues, & other events like Xmas markets & shows. It’s now clear their season is falling off a cliff with loss of demand & staff/performers w covid. They urgently need some leadership”

The hospitality industry says that it expects turnover to be down by 40 per cent in December and last week U.K. hospitality said revenue was down 13 per cent amid warnings that this is a cliff edge for the industry

Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy advisor for Greater Manchester said that 83 per cent of Hospitality businesses are suffering cancellations because of Omicron and the Government’s measures.This is usually the busiest time of year.

The Government has said that it has at the moment no plans for extending any existing business support


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