RISHI Sunak has announced a major support package for firms hit by Tier 2 lockdown restrictions this morning.
While Tier 3 measures force most pubs and restaurants to close, most have access to the Job Support Scheme that sees the Government pay two thirds of their workers’ wages.
But businesses in Tier 2 areas have not been able to claim that level of support, despite the fact Tier 2 government restrictions ban households mixing in those areas.
This “worst of both worlds” scenario essentially means you cannot sit inside a pub with friends in a Tier 2 “high risk” zone – a measure that will have seen a steep decline in the number of people visiting pubs and restaurants.
This morning the Chancellor addressed that major gulf in financial support, announce that firms hit by Tier 2 restrictions such as pubs, bars and restaurants will now also get two thirds of wages paid for by the state.