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‘Unacceptable’ handling of Tier 3 lockdown in Nottinghamshire leaves businesses in the lurch and county feeling like an ‘afterthought’, says East Midlands Chamber

Commenting on the way in which Tier 3 restrictions have been imposed in Nottinghamshire, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) chief executive Scott Knowles said: “The Government’s handling throughout this episode has been nothing short of abysmal, leaving a state of confusion among communities and businesses in Nottinghamshire.

“Last week was filled with rumours, hearsay and leaks about the possibility of Nottingham, as well as the areas of Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe, going into Tier 3 lockdown but the lack of confirmation from the Government created huge uncertainty over the weekend.

“It wasn’t until Monday when an announcement was finally made – by local leaders, rather than Westminster – and we said it was vital to provide clear communication to businesses in the days before the restrictions came into force.

“Yet there has been almost zero clarity from Government since then, leaving businesses in the lurch when it comes to planning ahead, particularly as there have been suggestions of additional measures on top of the standard Tier 3 restrictions but without any further details.

“To then belatedly add the rest of Nottinghamshire to Tier 3 and delay the start of the restrictions has made the county feel like an afterthought throughout this entire process. This is people’s lives and livelihoods that are being affected and they deserve better from their Government.

“We have already seen earlier in the pandemic how Leicester has been effectively forgotten by Westminster – at one stage the city was an actual footnote in a late-night tweet from the Health Secretary as he provided an update to its local lockdown situation – and it feels like a similar scenario is unfolding in Nottinghamshire.

“Everyone wants to do the right thing and we understand the public health reasons for these restrictions, but the way this situation has been handled is unacceptable.”

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