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20 Dec 2021
The government must move quickly to restore confidence amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19), says the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
The business group has identified a series of actions to be taken immediately and in the future to ensure the UK is well-equipped to deal with variants of concern.
While businesses are keen to see a roadmap out of 'plan B' in January, should further restrictions be required to protect public health, firms will want the maximum amount of time to prepare and adapt.
The business group recommends:
Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist at the CBI, said: 'The onset of Omicron means many businesses seeking to get back on their feet are once again reeling from the virus for a second Christmas in a row. Now the government must act at speed to prevent the need for further restrictions.'