Retailers, builders, hoteliers, publicans, and restaurateurs are calling for much more clarity and support from the Government, with confirmation that the country is staying in lockdown — at least until early April — threatening meaningful economic recovery this year.
Outside of an extension to the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) scheme and business supports, there was nothing outlined in the Government’s revised Living With Covid-19 plan to soothe business fears.
Hopes for any meaningful widespread easing of restrictions after April 5 are not currently very high.
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) said it was “deeply disappointed” with the extended lockdown of the building sector, saying there have consistently been negligible levels of Covid cases within it.
The CIF warned that the extended lockdown will now see 800 new homes per week taken out of supply and means thousands of SMEs within the industry are facing “huge uncertainty”.
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