Retail NI Welcomes Shopping Centres Reopening and Urges Shoppers to be Patient with Staff

Commenting on the Executive’s decision to allow the reopening of shopping centres, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a very welcome decision which now allows our local retail sector as a whole to reopen and play its role in the economic recovery of Northern Ireland”

“With many retailers reopening tomorrow and over the next few days, I would make an appeal to shoppers to be patient and respectful with shop staff. Substantial operational changes have had to be made for shops to comply with social distancing so it is likely that shoppers will experience increased queuing outside some stores”

Commentating on the Communities Minister’s proposals to support town and city centres, Mr Roberts continued:

“This is a welcome package of support, particularly the proposed Capital COVIS-19 Recovery Revitalisation scheme for town and city centres. High streets will have to change to accommodate social distancing and it is vital the Executive and Local Councils work with retailers to ensure shoppers feel safe”

“We also need much greater flexibility of enforcement of pavement café legislation and we should not rule out further pedestrianisation of our town and city centres to support further regeneration moves”



Glyn Roberts 07515710517