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Commenting on today’s NI Executive decision to relax COVID-19 restrictions, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“These relaxations are a major step forward in reopening our high streets and will enable further economic recovery to take place. Moving to one metre social distancing is good news for shops and shoppers - this will allow a greater volume of customers to be in store and should reduce outdoor queues”

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Retail NI and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) have jointly called for the Executive to establish a High Streets Taskforce to spearhead a combined push for the regeneration of our town and city centres in the aftermath of Covid-19.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Creating 21st century high streets was a challenge before COVID-19; now it is an even bigger one as we chart the long way forward for retail, hospitality and our economy as a whole”

Commenting on today’s NI Executive decision to relax Covid-19 restrictions, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Giving a date for hairdressers and barbers to reopen is more positive news for our local high streets. Hairdressers play an important part in bringing much needed footfall for our high streets and for our members”

“Retail NI also welcome progress on reopening Childcare facilities. As our sector has been reopening, we have consistently been hearing from our members that the lack of childcare provision is a huge issue for their staff”

Commenting on the Infrastructure Minister’s decision to resume parking and bus lane enforcement on 29th June, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“While we accept that parking and enforcement needed to return at some point, what doesn’t need to return is the overzealous approach of the parking enforcement officers in handing out excessive numbers of penalty charge notices”

Commenting on the Executive’s publication of dates for the reopening of the local hospitality sector, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is excellent news for our partners in the Hospitality sector, our town centres and for the local retail sector as a whole. Retail and hospitality are two sides of the same coin and are key essential components of our high street, creating experiences for consumers and vital footfall for each other”

“This is another step forward for our private sector and economic recovery”

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”

In a presentation to the Assembly Economy Committee with Belfast Chamber and the NIRC and a meeting with the Economy Minister this morning, Retail NI outlined the need for expanded childcare facilities, multi-site grants for independent retailers and a town centre reopening plan.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“As the retail sector and the economy as a whole reopen, it is vital that the private childcare sector is able to safely reopen to support staff and their families in the return to work”

Commenting on today’s decision to set a date for the retail sector to reopen, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“We strongly welcome this decision to reopen our retail sector this coming Friday - it is a major step forward for rebooting our economy as a whole. There is a long and hard road ahead for our local economy, but I have no doubt our retail sector will be at the cutting edge of this recovery”

Reacting to the Chancellor’s announcement on the next steps for the Furlough Scheme, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“It is clear that the furlough scheme is being gradually phased out with more costs for employers from August. Whilst this is not unexpected, it does significantly raise challenges for retailers in Northern Ireland who still do not have a date to reopen”

Commenting on the outline plan for economic recovery published by Economy Minister Diane Dodds, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This document provides further clarity on a roadmap for rebuilding the economy and reopening the wider retail sector”

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