The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, has expressed disappointment over the city being put into tier 3. He told the Guardian he had hoped that a recent fall in the Covid numbers might have “earned” the city a place in tier 2.
The city council estimated the month-long lockdown will have cost the city around £54m. The tier status will add to the burden.
Rees said the impact on the hospitality and night-time economy – 23,000 jobs – was particularly worrying. He said:
As well as trying to take on the virus, my thoughts go to how we are going to support businesses and jobs.