Response to Edinburgh’s Christmas 2020 Cancellation
Speaking on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, our Chief Executive Liz McAreavey said:
“Containing the virus and reducing its spread is vital, and the health and wellbeing of people is the top priority we all share. This latest announcement may not be unexpected but it is certainly a further blow to our increasingly fragile economy.
“The increased restrictions now being imposed have come as a bitter blow, with many feeling that responsible businesses are being made to carry the can unfairly for the behaviour of a minority of irresponsible individuals. In Edinburgh, thousands of responsible businesses have invested in safe and compliant ways to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for customers, particularly in our hard-hit hospitality sector.
“There is growing concern that politicians at local and national levels are not really listening to, or consulting with businesses before making decisions that have huge impact. Protecting the health and wellbeing of our country also means protecting jobs and the financial future of our citizens. We need stronger engagement between policy makers and businesses to ensure business can contribute to the solutions, and we all work together to develop the right policies.”