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Businesses in Spalding, Donington and Holbeach give their reaction to Tier 4 restriction

Businesses which are being forced to close as a result of Tier 4 restrictions say the announcement is not a surprise.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced earlier today that Lincolnshire has now been placed in the highest level of restrictions, which means that non-essential retail, personal care and gyms will be shut from tonight.

Manager of Spalding's Robert Goddard Andy Woodthorpe says it is important to remain positive.

Andy Woodthorpe in the new Robert Goddard Store, Spalding (21028336)
Andy Woodthorpe in the new Robert Goddard Store, Spalding (21028336)

While the store, which is in Market Place, will be closed, the business will continue to operate online.

Mr Woodthorpe said: "I think we have got to be as positive as we can as we can remain trading online.

"Hopefully we can get out of it as soon as possible and to start to come back to some semblance of normality.

Tom Juniper from Cards and More (36667481)
Tom Juniper from Cards and More (36667481)

"It is disappointing as we had a really good December and a good run after Christmas with the sale and we were looking forward to carrying it on."

Owner of Cards and More in Holbeach, Tom Juniper will also continue to operate via a click and collect service.

Mr Juniper said: "There is not that can be said, we all knew it was coming.

"It has been a tricky year for everyone. We are all in the same boat."

Nicky Burdall, who has been running Vanity Fayre in Donington for eight years, said closing is becoming easier.

She said: "I think it is probably necessary. It is an awkward one.

"Clients have got used to lockdown and we were all anticipating it before Christmas.

"To be fair, the Government have done quite well in providing money but not being able to work is heartbreaking. You work hard to build your business and then have to close it.

"We have worked hard to catch up what we had missed."

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