The Creative Industries Federation said that the Tier 3 announcement is “devastating news” for London’s creative sector as Heath Secretary, Matt Hancock, told the Commons today that all parts of Greater London will be entering the highest tier of Covid-19 restrictions, from 00:01 on Wednesday.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the announcement as "incredibly disappointing" for businesses, while The Society of London Theatre said the move would cause "catastrophic financial difficulties" for venues, producers and thousands of workers. The measures mean Tuesday night will see the last live performances in London for an indefinite period.
Sadiq Khan went on to add, “We now urgently need much more Government support for the sectors of our economy that are being hit the hardest, including hospitality, culture and leisure.”
Kent, Medway and Slough are already under tier three rules and these new area restrictions for large parts of south-east England will mean more than 34 million people will be in T 3 when the changes come into effect. There are currently 21.5 million in tier two and about 700,000 in tier one.
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