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Omicron announcement causes a sharp rise in Christmas party cancellations

An executive chairman of a major ad agency has said there’s been a “sharp series of cancellations” in Christmas parties.

Asked if they were cancelling office parties, Sir Martin Sorrell, of S4Capital, told the BBC Radio Four Today programme: “It’s not so much what we’re doing as what we see our clients doing and other people.

“The answer is they are doing that, they are cancelling, (there has) been quite a sharp series of cancellations since this happened just, what, three, four, five days ago.

“So, the uncertainty is extreme and government policy, understandably, I mean to be a little bit sympathetic to the Government, it is an extremely difficult situation.

“We have been through this before with Delta and the previous variants, so you would have thought the government would be a little bit more prepared for what may or may not happen in terms of scenario planning.”

Sir Martin Sorrell claims not enough guidance has been given by the government.

He told Today: “I think we’re not being given enough guidance by the Government as to the simple things we can do.

“I mean, mask-wearing, I think to some extent as we’ve just been discussing, helps and we’re just not implementing it, and people are not taking the measures – I mean going out last night, for example, and seeing what people were doing in restaurants and shops and theatres – they’re really not taking it, I think, seriously enough to heart.

“We don’t know at the moment how far this will spread and it could become extremely difficult in some scenarios, so we should be very cautious at this particular point in time, I think.”


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