Ibec has criticised the Government for the lack of notice provided to businesses ahead of Wednesday’s announcement to move Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan to Level 4 of COVID-19 restrictions.
The new Level 4 measures mean only essential workers should travel to work and only essential retail and businesses that are primarily outdoors should open. All other retail and personal services should be closed.
CEO for Ibec, Danny McCoy, said: “While the business community understands the need for phased restrictions may be justified, affording only 24 hours to prepare for such restrictions can have devastating cost implications for managing perishable stock and workforce planning.
He added: “It is abundantly clear that we need to protect livelihoods as well as lives. Businesses and their employees are being left to pick up the pieces from the impacts of additional restrictions and their input should be sought in a structured manner prior to making such decisions.”
However, IBEC has welcomed confirmation that construction activity is being maintained under Level 4 restrictions and that the definition for what is deemed ‘essential retail’ has been extended.