Devon’s Leader pays tribute to the thousands of workers on the front line

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Posted on: 22 December 2020

The Leader of Devon County Council and Chairman of the county’s Local Outbreak Engagement Board, Cllr John Hart says a huge thank you to the people of Devon and pledges to do everything he can to support Devon’s local businesses, especially those in the tourism and hospitality industries.

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Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council

He said:

“I would like to thank all Devon residents, and particularly pay tribute to the thousands of keyworkers on the frontline – our wonderful NHS staff, care workers and our teachers –  for their incredible resilience this year, and their commitment to each other to get through this pandemic.

“I know from talking to local people just how difficult this year has been for so many individuals and families, struggling to keep themselves safe while overcoming financial and psychological challenges.

“People are already doing so much, and it is asking a lot when things look so bleak, but I urge everyone to keep up that resolve and determination over the Christmas period and into the New Year.

“The roll-out of vaccines should provide us all with hope but realistically it won’t be until the Spring that this begins to have a significant impact.

“I also pay tribute to our local businesses for their remarkable efforts to adapt, keep their customers safe and stay afloat.

“I remain deeply concerned about the toll that all this is taking on many businesses and the impact that continued restrictions are having on our Devon economy, especially for those in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

“I am very aware how difficult a year it has been for them, and sadly this now looks set to continue for some time.  Many of our local hospitality businesses are really struggling, and unless there is more help from the government, many of these businesses may simply not survive. 

 “We will continue to work together as Team Devon with District Councils, business leaders and our MPs to find ways to ensure that there is as much help and support as possible for those worst affected as we move into 2021.”

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