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Boris Johnson's three-tiered lockdown system has the endorsement of City bosses. Policy chief Catherine McGuinness said the City of London Corporation was behind the PM's announcement, and welcomed his commitment to work with local leaders on "these difficult but necessary measures". Varying degress of restrictions will be placed on regions...

Boris Johnson’s three-tiered lockdown system has the endorsement of City bosses.

Policy chief Catherine McGuinness said the City of London Corporation was behind the PM’s announcement, and welcomed his commitment to work with local leaders on “these difficult but necessary measures”.

Varying degress of restrictions will be placed on regions according to medium/high/very high alert levels.

Ms McGuinness said: “We urge all individuals and businesses to act responsibly by following restrictions in their area in order to slow the spread of the virus, save lives and protect the NHS. Public health must come first.

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“However, livelihoods matter too. The virus is not going to go away quickly, so we need to find a way to live with it.

“Employers have dedicated considerable resources to deliver Covid-secure workplaces and to restore confidence among their staff. A blanket recommendation to work from home over any significant length of time risks stalling the capital’s recovery and damaging long-term competitiveness.

“So these restrictions should be regularly reviewed in light of the evidence. Hibernating through the winter is not an option for our economy.”

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