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FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS The London Restaurant Festival is back this month, with some of the top Square Mile dining spots taking part with both dining-in and at-home experiences Page 14 NEW City Wellbeing Centre Counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs 020 7380 1960 A service provided by CURRENTLY ONLINE Oct - Nov 2020 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 40,000 READERS Edition 122 The City of London’s independent newspaper with Hibernation no option for City Corporation chief says ‘blanket recommendation’ to WFH could stall capital’s recovery and have long-term impact CITY of London policy chief Catherine McGuinness has warned the economy should not be allowed to hibernate through winter. Speaking at the Court of Common Council, the City Corporation’s top decision-making body, Ms McGuinness said saving lives and protecting the NHS remain paramount, but that it needs to be done in a way that does not cripple the economy. She told the Court: “Since the Prime Minister made his televised address to the nation on 22 September imposing new restrictions, we have spoken up for the Square Mile. “The Lord Mayor and I have made clear that the virus is not going to go away quickly, so we do need to find a way to live with it. “We have made the point and employers have dedicated lots of resources to deliver Covid-secure workplaces and restore confidence among their staff. “A blanket recommendation to work from home risks stalling the capital’s recovery and damage long-term STIFLED RETURN: the Central London recovery is being hampered. competitiveness. Hibernating through the winter is not an option for our economy. “And this is why we previously called for people to return to the workplace in ways which are safe, secure and flexible.” Ms McGuinness told elected Members the City Corporation is leading the way in response to the crisis, with Guildhall Yard to be used as a coronavirus testing site and with a Covid Response Taskforce of relevant Committees and Officers being established to ensure the City ‘remains robust for the future.’ Meanwhile, Local London Assembly Member, Unmesh Desai, is urging City of London residents to download the new NHS Test and Trace app. Mr Desai’s calls come in the wake of London being placed on the national Covid-19 watchlist after a recent surge in cases across boroughs. He is also asking businesses to register for a Test and Trace QR code to be clearly displayed in their premises. Testing capacity in the capital has dropped by 43% over recent weeks, after it was diverted to other national hotspots, according to a statement issued by the Mayor of London. Mr Desai said: “Test and Trace has had a difficult start, but the launch of the new app will play a vital role in stopping the spread of the virus. “With cases quickly rising across the capital, we are now at a crucial juncture and we need as many Londoners as possible to sign up to the app for it to work effectively. “In the meantime, it is important that the Government are robustly held to account over their efforts to resolve the major issues we have recently seen with testing capacity.” Guildhall School’s digital events P10 New art exhibit at the Barbican P12 Murger Han lands in the City P15 NEW City Wellbeing Centre CURRENTLY ONLINE Counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs 020 7380 1960 A service provided by

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