A group of Liverpool business leaders are urging local people to get vaccinated and take regular COVID tests as they look to encourage people back into city centre offices, retail outlets and hospitality venues.

Team Liverpool, a group of business influencers from across the city that includes our chief executive Bill Addy, Donna Hewitt of Liverpool ONE, Stephen Cowperthwaite who heads Liverpool’s MIPIM delegation, and Nisha Katona of Mowgli, have now launched the ‘Take one for the Team’ campaign.

Bill Addy says:

“It’s vital we all recognise that we’re still on a roadmap, and while the numbers are encouraging this isn’t the time to put the brakes on. There is real excitement, enthusiasm and drive to get our city back to a sense of normality, but we have to do it safely and we have to all work together. Getting the vaccine when you’re offered it and taking regular testing ensures we are not putting each other at increased risk and it means we are making the city safer for our colleagues, friends, family and fellow residents.

“I would add that if you know anyone that has concerns about the vaccine programme do make sure you talk with them and help to allay their fears. The more those of us who have been vaccinated share both our experience and perspective, the easier it will be to put people’s concerns to rest.”

Team Liverpool Chair, Frank McKenna of Downtown in Business explained:

“As the country starts to open up again, we recognise how important the city centre is to the economic revival of Liverpool. If we are to save jobs and ensure a ‘bounce back’ in our key visitor economy sector, it is vital that the whole ecosystem returns to town – office workers, shoppers, and visitors, indigenous and international.

“However, we are equally aware of the continued dangers of the virus and therefore we want people to come back into their offices, our shops and into our hospitality venues in a safe and secure fashion.

“That is why we are urging people to ‘Take one for the Team’. Take a vaccination. Take a test. That way, you protect yourself, your colleagues, and you make it less likely that we will suffer a further spike in infection rates and another disastrous lockdown.”

Team Liverpool is also offering free advice to businesses on making their office space COVID secure. If you are a business owner that is looking to get people back to the office and you want to make sure you comply with all the latest government regulations, please telephone 0151 556 1897.  

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