The Liverpool City Region has secured an additional £30million in Covid-19 business support from the Government.
It comes in addition to the £14m already received to support the local Test, Trace and Isolate system and local enforcement efforts, to make a total of £44m in additional funding secured in support of the Tier 3 restrictions.
The City Region also received £7m when it went into Tier 2 status, meaning a total package of £51m so far.
The funding comes after the City Region was the first to be placed on the Tier 3 ‘very high’ Covid alert level restrictions, leading to closures of hospitality and leisure business and impacting many that remain open.
Speaking on behalf of the City Mayor and Leaders of the six city region Local Authorities, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:
“Once it became clear that the Government were going to impose Tier 3 restrictions on our City Region, we held a series of meetings with the Government throughout last weekend, with the aim of protecting our NHS and supporting local people and business.
“We have been absolutely clear since we were put into Tier 3 that we would continue to press the Government and hold meaningful dialogue to secure vitally needed extra economic support.
“The result of this is that, today, we have obtained from the Government, an additional £30million in funding.
“This is welcome news for our economy and the thousands of people whose businesses and jobs will now be supported through this very difficult period.”