‘Lack of timings in Executive Roadmap offers businesses little certainty’ says Belfast Chamber Chief Executive

Responding to the publication by the NI Executive of its roadmap out of lockdown, Belfast Chamber Chief Executive Simon Hamilton said, “Whilst it’s positive that the Executive has published its 5 step plan to lift the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions, it is disappointing that it does not include even indicative timings such as those that accompanied similar plans elsewhere which would allow businesses to plan properly for their reopening. The health of people is paramount but it the restrictions on the ability of so many businesses to trade is also doing untold damage to the health of our economy. Businesses need some certainty and, sadly, today’s announcement does not offer them that. Belfast Chamber would urge the Executive to give businesses the clarity they need so that they can prepare to open again in ways that are safe for their staff and customers”.