The Chamber is “urging specific measures to address the problems that local businesses face”.
The Sidmouth economy is heavily reliant on its tourist industry:
Now with the country entering lock-down, its pubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels and B&Bs are facing a very uncertain future – with calls for something to be done:
The Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce has spoken to the Herald:
And has issued this statement on its website:
Coronavirus – Information for Members (see links below).
The overwhelming need is for everyone to stay safe and accede to government guidance and advice. Sidmouth has an elderly and therefore vulnerable population, so we as a community have to get together and do whatever we can to help our neighbours and provide assistance where required. Sidmouth has a sense of community and resilience that will stand us in good stead during these very difficult and troubling times.
The Chamber is obviously concerned for our business community, and there is no doubt that this will be an extremely challenging period for us all. We are particularly exposed to the economic situation, because Sidmouth is reliant upon tourism and our clientele is typically elderly. For our hotels and accommodation providers, the impact will be very severe indeed. This will also extend to our pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants, which form such an important component of our local economy. The Chamber has been in contact with Simon Jupp, our MP, to discuss the situation, and with the Leaders of the Town and District Councils. We are urging specific measures to address the problems that local businesses face. This is a time for our local authorities to show a proactive, sympathetic and flexible approach towards the business community.
We are monitoring the crisis closely, and especially the impact upon our local economy. In particular, we need to formulate plans for ensuring a speedy recovery once the virus is defeated.