Chamber of Commerce says decisive action is needed to prevent further lockdowns

The Chambers of Commerce group have expressed concerns that the current increase in Covid cases is putting pressure on an already challenged health system.


They have described the restrictions which were introduced by the cabinet as ‘half-measures’ that are unlikely to reduce the number of cases of covid-19.


The group say  that it is impossible for businesses to operate in an environment where government recommendations, and public health advice is regularly changing.


Aidan Doyle is the CEO of the Sligo Chamber of commerce.


He is calling on Government to take decisive action to mitigate the need for another round of lockdowns.


Mr Doyle says that the vaccine booster programme needs to be accelerated. “The Finance Bill also needs to be amended to ensure that ministers will have the flexibility needed to ensure that state supports are not being withdrawn while lockdowns and other economic restrictions are simultaneously being reintroduced”.


The CEO of the Sligo chamber also called for clarity on what the contingency plans are adding that businesses need to know what further measures are likely to be introduced should the current circumstances continue to decline at the present rate, and also what measures are likely to occur should the crisis accelerate: