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Coronavirus advice for businesses in Surrey and Hampshire

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Coronavirus advice for businesses in Surrey and Hampshire

Published at 11:09am 7th March 2020. (Updated at 11:15am 7th March 2020)

Local businesses are being advised to carry on as usual as confirmed cases of coronavirus in Surrey rise to four.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce's chief executive, Louise Punter said the outbreak is "causing more harm than it needs to" with some businesses cancelling meetings and travel plans.

She also warned the hospitality sector is "really going to struggle if people stop going out."

Louise told Eagle Radio that businesses should keep doing what they are doing for as long as possible, "rather than react because you think something might happen:"

"We've really got to not panic - that is the biggest message.

"The best thing is to be planning ahead and making sure we have got things in place to try and make sure we're able to support our customers."

She said employers would have to be mindful when employees stay off work - and she welcomed the government's intervention regarding statutory sick pay now starting from day one.

In Haslemere, the Haslemere and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce said it is "business as usual" after two cases of the coronavirus were  confirmed there last week.

Listen to Louise's Biz podcast here.