Back in the Deep End: Business Restrictions Resume

Conor Healy CEO of Cork Chamber said, “The renewal of restrictions, bringing us to what we now know as level 5, will be mentally and financially tough for people and businesses throughout Cork but are necessary if we are to resume activity in the run up to Christmas.”
 
“The increase to the value of the Wage Subsidy Scheme is very welcome. There must also be absolute urgency in the deployment of business supports and in particular the new Covid Restrictions Support Scheme which is now needed less than a week after it’s launch on Budget day. Any timelag in the availability of payments will be detrimental to businesses that were only beginning to come up for air.”
 
“Every citizen and business has a role to play in bringing these measures to a close. It is essential that progress is made before the Christmas period kicks off in earnest. It is hard to overstate the significance of this trading period to retail and hospitality and we urge anyone shopping online to search the names of their local providers rather than simply searching for the product or service you have in mind. It’s no longer about consumer preference, it’s about keeping people in our community at work.”
 
“Finally, Government must continue to accelerate and strive for exemplary testing, tracing and isolating to ensure that no technical barrier exists to the flow of economic activity and international connectivity. Businesses continue to take every conceivable step and it essential that the relentless pursuit of best in class testing continues, so that in so far as is safely possible, economic activity can exist in parallel with pandemic control.”
 
“Ultimately, we must keep Cork working. The news today is exceptionally difficult but now is the time pull together once again.”