UK businesses call for more emergency support if lockdown easing delayed – business live | Business

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UK businesses are calling on the government to extend emergency Covid-19 support as Boris Johnson prepares to delay the end of lockdown restrictions by up to a month.

The PM is expected to announce a four-week delay to the final easing of lockdown restrictions in England, from 21 June, due to the rapid rise in cases of the Delta variant first detected in India.

Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality chief executive, said this morning that a one-month delay would be devastating for the sector, which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

She told the BBC this morning that ministers must offer more support, including extending a moratorium on evictions and debt collection from commercial tenants that is due to lift on June 30.

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