15 May 2020
Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said:
“This latest announcement provides a helpful guide to the way Wales will exit lockdown and prepare for a ‘new normal’. The emphasis on health and safety is welcome, as is the promotion of a joined-up approach that includes business, schools, transport and other key aspects of life in Wales.
“As we know, getting Wales back to work will minimise the impact on livelihoods from a crisis that has already shaken the global economy. It must be done gradually, based on the best health and scientific advice, to avoid a devastating second wave of infection. Moving too far, too fast, could set back the economic restart.
“While the traffic light approach is useful, employers are still waiting for clear guidance about how they will be able to re-open premises and resume work safely in accordance with Welsh legislation. Indicative timelines outlining when sectors and workplaces can come back online are also needed, so businesses of all shapes and sizes can quickly ramp-up essential restart planning and decision-making.
“With the UK Government having published workplace guidance for England, firms in Wales are keen to ensure that where timelines may differ, the principles that underscore restart remain the same across the United Kingdom. We look forward to working with the Welsh Government over the next few days as they develop additional Wales-only workplace protocols. Those businesses that have continued to operate throughout the pandemic have valuable experience to share.
“Like the government, the CBI supports a four nations approach with co-ordinated difference for Wales where there is clear evidence of the need to do so in the interest of the nation’s health and economic wellbeing. Unity is one of the key ways to build public confidence and that means close working between national and devolved governments, as well as business, employee representatives and other stakeholders.”