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Retail NI Comments on Lifting Lockdown Plan

Reacting to the NI Executive Plan, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a step forward to move towards the lifting of lockdown and the reopening of the economy. Retail NI looks forward to working with the NI Executive on its implementation”

“We welcome that reopening of non-food retail is included as a key step; however what those businesses will need is a date to plan for. The plan for England includes early June as a target date for those retailers to reopen and we believe this is achievable for Northern Ireland with appropriate social distancing”

“If more workers are returning to work in retail and other key sectors, then appropriate childcare provision will be needed. This needs to a key priority.”

“This document is welcome progress, but business needs key dates and times to prepare for the gradual reopening of the economy. We fully recognise that all of this is subject to medical advice and protection for workers and consumers”

Glyn Roberts 07515710517