Day: 26 November 2020

Covid Watch 92: Now we know – Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin are in Tier 2 – this is bad news for our the visitor and hospitality economy

Now we know. Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin which entered the second lockdown in Tier 1 are to emerge in Tier 2 with stricter restrictions. It feels like we are being punished for having dealt with the infection risk effectively. It’s particularly galling for Ludlow where the infection rate is around 60 per 100,000 people. On the Isle of Sheppey, the infection rate is above 1,100. We have no choice on this. The government will review our tier status on 16 December. By then, the damage to local retail and hospitality businesses will be significant. If we are promoted down to Tier 1, we are likely to get a rush before Christmas and that could bring its own dangers.   It is disappointing that Shropshire entered lockdown in Tier 1 and will emerge from it in Tier 2. When we entered lockdown, two weeks too late in my view, cases were rising rapidly in Shropshire. But we got that under control. It now feels like we are being punished for getting things right. I’m deflated. Ludlow relies heavily on hospitality. We have some of the best pubs, restaurants and cafes in the country. We are safe. We experienced a recent…

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Covid Watch 91: It’s decision day on tiers for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and all of England – will we be one of the few areas in Tier 1?

Tier 1 or Tier 2? That is today’s question. There are other questions. Will the government apply tiers across entire regions? Or will they be imposed at local authority level? Will Shropshire’s unitary area and Telford and Wrekin be treated as one unit because we have a common health system. I am not going to speculate but I am hoping for Tier 1 status for Shropshire and Ludlow. That will be better for business and better for mental health. That will help our town’s recovery. The Ludlow Town Centre Recovery Working Group meets first thing tomorrow morning to consider the implications of whatever tier is imposed.

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