NEWS ROUNDUP: Mayor critical of “freedom day” & big plans for empty shops
Bristol Mayor critical of approach to freedom day and big plans announced for empty shops in Bath.
Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has criticised the government’s approach to Freedom Day. The Mayor has urged caution amid a “sharp and persistent” rise in Covid in the city, and asked residents to consider continuing to wear masks for the sake of others.
Addressing a cabinet meeting in City Hall on July 13, Mr Rees said: “We are now on a sharp and persistent increase in the number of cases.
“The overarching message, I think, for us in Bristol is to continue to be cautious, to engage in Covid-safe behaviours and, I would say, to continue to be gracious.
“I will just share a little bit of my frustration with the approach of national government. I think some of the imagery around Freedom Day could have been a little bit more sober and a little bit more measured.
“We do want the ability to interact with people, we do want to support businesses to open up, and we want to support jobs, but I think this kind of July fourth branding that’s gone on has not been helpful for the kind of caution that we need people to be engaging with.”
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