“We need to strike the right balance between health and the economy and it is a devastating blow that Liverpool will be placed into a tighter lockdown. We need to learn to live with this pandemic in the long term.

“Shutting down our hospitality sector will hurt some of our smallest businesses and greatest independents that are the lifeblood of this city and we cannot do this without a robust and immediate framework of support from the Government for the hospitality and events industry.

“Liverpool Chamber continues to speak loudly for this city’s business community and will continue to champion the needs of those businesses affected by Covid robustly locally, regionally and nationally when they need us most.

“We together with Liverpool BID, Downtown In Business and Liverpool Hospitality Association have today sent an open letter directly to the Government calling for immediate action to avoid catastrophic consequences for the visitor economy.”

Official letter: Business Leaders Call for Immediate Action to avoid catastrophic consequences for Visitor Economy