Earlier this week, the Mayor of London posted a video on his Twitter feed detailing how businesses in the West End have seen their footfall fall by up to 75 and 80 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the video, Mr Khan said: “The West End is one of the jewels in London’s crown, contributing hugely, economically, socially and culturally.
“But they face a perfect storm, with people social distancing, with people working from home, with the lack of public confidence but also a collapse in domestic and international tourism.
“Some businesses I have spoken to have seen their footfall fall by up to 75 percent and 80 percent.
“And that’s why one of the key things the Government’s got to do is support these businesses going forward.
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Tory Mayor candidate Shaun Bailey
“I’ve been speaking to businesses across the West End, from shops to restaurants, and the key thing from them is the Government announcing, as soon as possible, a package of targeted measures to help these businesses in the West End.
“Retail, hospitality, leisure, culture. These businesses need support from the Government.”
However, Mr Khan’s comments have been highly criticised after many pointed out it was the Mayor of London who urged for the immediate lockdown to curb the crisis.
Conservative candidate for London Mayor, Shaun Bailey, tweeted the video and wrote: “When I speak to businesses in the West End Sadiq Khan, they are most angry about your congestion charge increase to £15, evenings and weekends.
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“Restaurants, theatres, pubs and bars are all struggling as a result.
“If you want to help – reverse your decision. And reverse it now.”
Author, Austin Williams, also criticised the Mayor’s comments and said: “Er… wasn’t the mayor who was the leading cheerleader for immediate lockdown, shutting businesses, sending people home, blocking roads, and undermining economic activity?
“These people cannot get away with re-writing history and must surely be held to account at the ballot box.”
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During the pandemic, Mr Khan has continually criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decisions.
He previously said: “I want to be clear as possible with Londoners – social distancing measures are still in place.
“Lockdown hasn’t been lifted and we all still need to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
“You must still stay at home as much as possible and to keep a safe two-metre distance from other people at all times when you are out.”
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However, earlier this month, Mr Khan made a U-turn and finally admitted it will be a “big problem” if Londoners do not return to the capital for work.
He said: “The key thing I think we need to understand is that if we all stay at home working it’s a big problem for central London.
“Many small businesses rely on your workers going to work, the cafe bars, the dry cleaners, the shoe repair shops and others.
“When I meet those not just in the culture industry and hospitality, small businesses they are struggling.
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“Of course, there’s a choice for you to make a big employer.
“I love London because of its eco-system.
“I don’t want a hollowed-out London.
“In City Hall, we have made sure we have got everything ready, we’ve used July and August to make City Hall safe.”