‘We need a road map’ – Wicklow businesses need some direction to get out of crisis, says TD
Fianna Fáil health spokesman Stephen Donnelly has said Wicklow businesses need to be given a clear roadmap out of the Covid-19 crisis.
He said businesses across the country are trying to plan for the future but remain in the dark as the Government has given no indication about what happens next.
Deputy Donnelly said retailers and business people across the county were in desperate need of guidance.
“It is vitally important for the county’s economy that a clear plan is laid out for the business community as to what is going to happen next,” said Deputy Donnelly.
“It is obvious that it will be easier for some businesses to open up earlier than others.
“My office has been contacted by workers who have businesses such as landscaping where it is possible to work with very little social contact.
“There are numerous other businesses that could, while applying sensible social distancing protocols, easily reopen.
“Wicklow’s business owners are extremely anxious to get back to work as their livelihoods now hang in the balance.
“The Government has refused to extend the list of essential workers as they don’t want to give out mixed messages which is understandable.
“But it is not okay to not let people know what happens next.
“It is now vital to draw up a clear timetable for how and when people can get back to work.
“The Government need to be talking to businesses and understanding their concerns and listening to what they need to see happen.
“Businesses in Wicklow need to see the Government has a plan but that isn’t happening at the moment.”