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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister was sceptical about the pandemic leading to a 'massive change in urban life'

Manchester news Why Boris Johnson doesn't think covid will 'hollow out' Manchester city centre Manchester united news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Prime Minister was sceptical about the pandemic leading to a 'massive change in urban life'

Manchester news  Why Boris Johnson doesn't think covid will 'hollow out' Manchester city centre Manchester united news
22 February 2021 - 21:46

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Boris Johnson has expressed confidence that city centres such as Manchester will 'bounce back' from the coronavirus pandemic. At a Downing Street press conference tonight, the Prime Minister was asked about fears that cities are 'staring disaster in the face' due to restrictions that are likely to last until mid-summer and perhaps drive a more fundamental shift in living and working trends. "I think there will be changes as a result of the pandemic, I think it will accelerate some trends," Mr Johnson said. "It may be that there's more opportunity for accommodation in town centres, in high streets, which have been changing the way they work for a long time anyway. "But I don't believe this is going to mean a fundamental change to the way life in our big cities really works. He went on: "I used to chair Transport for London for a long time and the better remote communication gets, and the more people can talk on devices, there is a paradox. "The more people actually want to see each other face to face. "And that I'm sure will come back." Boris Johnson expressed confidence that city centres will 'bounce back' "I think London, our great cities, will be filled full of buzz and life and excitement again, provided people have confidence about coming back into those city centres. "That confidence is going to come from the continuing success of the vaccination programme and the sense that the disease is finally being managed in a way that people understand. "I'm a sceptic when people say that this is going to lead to a massive change in urban life, I'm doubtful. I think that our great cities will bounce back along with the rest of the economy." The Prime Minister's words will be welcomed by the huge number of businesses that rely on the economy of Manchester city centre. But many remain downbeat about the future after he unveiled his 'roadmap' out of lockdown. Hospitality venues will have to wait several months before reopening fully (Image: Getty Images) The hospitality industry has been among the hardest hit sectors. The government's plan will allow outdoor hospitality settings, such as beer gardens, to open as early as April 12.

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. The gap between one setting and the other is 'disappointing', operators say, after venues have spent so much time and money making their spaces as Covid-safe as possible. The British Beer & Pub Association has said that three in five pubs will remain closed during this period, either because they 'don’t have any outdoor space or simply because they will not be commercially sustainable'. There are fears the lockdown restrictions will put hundreds of hospitality businesses in jeopardy (Image: Getty Images) Sacha Lord has said that beer gardens are 'a luxury only reserved for middle class areas who have the space and financial capabilities.' He continued: "It is once again the working class who are hardest hit by the decisions coming from Westminster during this pandemic." Former Man United star and property investor Gary Neville has previously argued for workers to return to Manchester city centre as soon as possible. Tweeting before the roadmap stages were confirmed, he wrote: "The early reports are out on the 'Roadmap'. "The suggestion seems to be 4 stages will be announced. I can only think of 2: "1. Children back in school ASAP "2. Re-open the country the day after all over 50’s and the vulnerable are vaccinated. ( April 15th )" Common co-founder Jonny Heyes says he can't wait to 'hear the hubbub of a busy venue full of love and laughter again', adding that the roadmap gives some light at the end of the tunnel. He said: "The seeming success of the vaccine rollout, thanks in large part to the NHS, starts to give us some hope that things can start to get back to normal. Read More Related Articles Sign up to CityLife's free newsletter from the Manchester Evening News "I’m very much in the camp that prepared to be cautious so I welcome the pace and tone of the governments approach. "We have to hope that we can hold on along with our friends in the hospitality industry and make it to the other side so we can welcome customers again." Read More Related Articles Why we may not have seen the back of local lockdowns Read More Related Articles Latest coronavirus infection rates for Greater Manchester show overall decline - but some boroughs are on the up

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