This from Phil Pinder, chair of the York Retail Forum.
“Obviously it’s devastating for hospitality businesses that we’re in Tier 2.
“It’s a real shame, given how York’s cases for the last two weeks have hit the floor.
“It’s great for retail that they can reopen. But I do have concerns.
“Last time York was put in to Tier 2 retail was down by more than 40%, as opposed to a drop of 20% in Tier 1.
“And this is a vital time for retailers. The money we take for the next four weeks will get businesses through to March.”