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Source: City of Coventry

Published Thursday, 17 December 2020

The Leader of Coventry City Council has said he is disappointed but not surprised that the city is to remain in Tier 3 of the COVID restrictions.

Councillor George Duggins said today’s announcement was a ‘bitter blow’ for Coventry’s hospitality businesses and is calling on the evidence for their continued closure to be made public.

Cllr Duggins felt that Coventry’s chances of moving from Tier 3 to 2 was borderline after a recent increase in positive cases – rising from 128 per 100,000 of the population on Friday to 161 today.

Councillor Duggins said: “A week ago I would have confidently said that we should have been in Tier 2 – the reason why we were not placed there on exiting lockdown I still do not understand as all our figures pointed to Tier 2.

“Over the last few days our rates have started to rise slightly, as they have across the wider region and sub-region, which is a concern and is why I am not so surprised this time that we are not moving tiers.”

However, Councillor Duggins is concerned about the impact the latest news will have on the city’s hospitality industry – such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants – that have been forced to remain closed since 4 November under restrictions, with the only exception those able to offer takeaways.

He said: “The run-up to Christmas is an important time of year for any business and today’s announcement will be a bitter blow to the hospitality sector and all the jobs that depend on it.”

Councillor Duggins added: “I want to thank everyone for all they continue to do in following guidelines and helping us to control the virus. That includes over Christmas as the virus has no respect for the festive period and we do not want to see a third wave in the new year.”

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