Government announcement a reflection of positive progress made by society
Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has said that the announcement from Government this evening is a positive move that ensures a greater balance is struck between managing the ongoing public health risks while addressing the escalating economic crisis and emerging societal issues.
Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “The announcement from Government represents the positive steps in catalysing momentum to the safe reopening of our economy and society. To maintain its sustainable benefits to society, it is vital that Government now commits to an ongoing review of its reopening timeline, ensuring that it reflects the risk reduction that the vaccine programme is delivering.
“Ibec welcomes the commitment from Government that there will be no cliff edge in financial supports for businesses. Businesses, such as those operating in the Experience Economy, have borne the brunt of the crisis and until such a time that businesses are back operating at pre-covid levels, continued financial supports will be required to help vulnerable firms to stay afloat while protecting the incomes of individuals.
“Further certainty is still needed however on the protocols of the gradual return to offices. Government must provide confidence to employers and employees that the safety and wellbeing of people at work can be securely managed as we begin to reopen our economy. This includes preparing for increases in the demand for public transport over the coming weeks and months, and this reality should be reflected in the provision of additional services, where possible, including the welcome increase in the capacity limit to 50% from the start of May.”