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- British politician, Mayor of London (born 1970)
Mr Khan tweeted: “Jobs. Will. Be. Lost. The Government must understand that failure to provide immediate support to hospitality, retail and culture is a failure of leadership for the millions who depend on them for their livelihoods.
Jobs. Will. Be. Lost. The Government must understand that failure to provide immediate support to hospitality, retail and culture is a failure of leadership for the millions who depend on them for their livelihoods. Time is running out—they must act now. https://t.co/Nlcre3UX3R
— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@MayorofLondon) December 20, 2021
“Time is running out—they must act now.”
In a separate post, announcing that London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square were cancelled, he repeated his plea.
He said: “Our world-renowned retail, hospitality, tourism, nightlife and cultural businesses are already suffering from the imapct of the latest wave of Covid cases during what is usually their busiest time of the year.
“I continue to urge the Chancellor to step up with a package of support to help businesses through this difficult time and to ensure they will be able to survive and help drive our economy forward again next year.”
Over the weekend, Mr Khan declared a major incident in London as the city grapples with soaring Omicron cases.
Hospitality bosses from the Real Greek and Franco Manca restaurant chains called for emergency rescue packages regardless of whether the Government introduces new measures to stop the spread of Covid.
Meanwhile, the boss of trade body UKHospitality said “as many as 10,000 sites” could close if support is not announced imminently.
At the end of last week, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak held talks with hospitality bosses but has stopped short of offering renewed funding support to companies who have witnessed mass cancellations.
London’s West End saw shopper numbers plunge by 17 per cent against pre-pandemic levels over the weekend as cautious people chose to remain at home.
Almost half of London’s major theatres cancelled shows at the weekend due to soaring Covid-19 cases in the capital.
Hamilton, Maltida, Wicked, The Lion King, Cinderella, Cabaret and Come From Away hit by cancellations.
The Government is yet to offer further measures for struggling businesses.
During a statement given on Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister said measures are already in place but the Government “will keep the economic side of this under review”.
“It is important we act cautiously but it is also important we look after the hospitality industry, the theatres and other parts of our incredible entertainment industry which have suffered and are suffering,” Mr Johnson told broadcasters.