The British government released 1 billion pounds (about 1.32 billion dollars) of aid for companies most affected by the consequences of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, after weeks of pressure from industry representatives.
“People are rightly becoming more and more cautious in their daily lives, what they feel in our hospitality and restaurant, entertainment and cultural sector during what is usually the busiest period of the year,” stressed the Prime Minister Boris Johnson it’s a statement.
The Minister of Finance, Rishi Sunak, indicated that about 200,000 companies will be eligible for aid to alleviate the decline in income at the holiday season, a key period of the year for business.
Despite a wild spike in cases, the Johnson administration ruled out immediate restrictions before Christmas.
But the advance of omicron hit bars and restaurants hard with many cancellations of year-end parties that weighed 60% of business in December.
Sunak said the government acknowledged that businesses in the leisure sector face “a period of high uncertainty.”