Following a meeting of Chamber CEOs, Kilkenny Chamber yesterday (30 March 2021) calls on Government to use the time wisely and ensure we can plan for a sustainable reopening.
Kilkenny Chamber Chief Executive John Hurley said,
“With this lockdown lasting much longer than anticipated, our members are experiencing many difficulties and justifiable frustrations.
The Chamber appreciates how difficult it is to balance the reopening with virus suppression because we know that the business community cannot face another brief reopening, followed by spike in infections, and a further lockdown.
But Government must recall that individuals, businesses, and local economies are all facing challenges too.”
The following recommendations come from dialogue with our fellow Chambers in Ireland .

Suppress the Virus Locally

“To get us through the summer, public health teams need resources to test, trace and isolate so that we can identify sources of infection. We have no time to waste and focused government action is required to suppress the virus in locations where transmission is still high.”

Embrace Ambition in Urban Centres

“We need to see Government, local authorities and elected officials embrace ambition, by re-imagining our high street and urban centres. This will include everything from pedestrian-friendly reforms that incentivise ‘dwell-time’ to enabling businesses to use streets and footpaths for outdoor dining.”

Ventilate

“Finally, communities also need more guidance and supports on how to reduce transmission in homes and shared space. New strains of the virus bring new challenges. Guidance on how to properly ventilate buildings is urgently needed.”

Clear guidance on duration of financial supports

“When a reopening finally occurs, many businesses will see their lockdown debts threaten their long-term viability, government must take action to ensure that those which can survive, do survive.”

 

 

Chamber Update

For the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, Kilkenny Chamber staff will be working from home and will continue to provide our full range of services.

 

 

We will continue to lobby on behalf of businesses throughout this challenging time and are scheduled to have regular meetings with the Dept of the Taoiseach as the situation evolves.

 

Keep up to date with us on our website www.kilkennychamber.ie, or on our social media pages.

 

We are still working on your behalf and you can contact us on 056 7752767, or at admin@kilkennychamber.ie. We are thinking of all those businesses who have taken the difficult, but correct, decision to close their doors until further notice, and we look forward to supporting them all when they reopen.

We also encourage everyone to support those businesses which will remain open – in so far as is safe.

 

Thank you to all those front-line workers who are working hard to keep us all safe and well.

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