COVID-19 restrictions – including guidance to work from home from Monday 13 December – are to be introduced across England.
In response, the City of London Corporation’s Policy Chair, Catherine McGuinness, said: “These fresh restrictions will be a disappointment to businesses in the Square Mile.
“Christmas has been cancelled for many City shops, restaurants, pubs and other businesses that rely on footfall from workers in nearby offices.
“Everyone should act responsibly, including by getting the vaccine and any booster as soon as possible, wearing masks and testing regularly.
“We will urge City businesses, workers and residents to follow the new rules.
“But we also ask the Government to set out a clear roadmap to normality early in the new year and base all decisions on data.
“We need to find ways to live with the virus which allows the economy to prosper.”