17 December 2020
Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland Director, said:
“Businesses know infection rates must be controlled to save lives and protect against longer-term economic scarring. But the actions of NI Executive in recent months to open and close the economy without a workable long-term strategy for living with the virus will cause companies great harm.
“Against the backdrop of trying to prepare for the end of transition, NI firms are faced with what is effectively a full lockdown at such a crucial time for many businesses – particularly those in the hardest-hit hospitality, retail and tourism sectors. This will come as a further blow after many months of hardship and once again puts further jobs at risk.
“It’s vital that any change to rules are shaped by clear evidence, consistently applied, and accompanied by increased support for businesses in the worst-hit sectors. Vaccinations are now underway and offer tangible reasons for optimism in 2021 – the Executive must do everything possible to help businesses survive until risks recede and trade returns.”