Employers body Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec) has called for businesses to remain open so people can earn a living.
Director Maeve McElwee said that although a phased return to the office is sensible, the issue is about maintaining a balance between keeping society open and protecting public health.
She said that all businesses have reopened and should remain so while adding that if they can operate remotely, they should do so.
Sectors that cannot operate remotely, such as nightclubs, should be supported by the Government, she stated while adding that access to some levels of offices will be needed for some workers.
Chief Executive of Dublin Town Richard Guiney said that the country needs to refrain from restrictions and closing down as a way to deal with Covid.
He also called for the Government to examine the roll-out of a booster vaccine programme to the general population.
He added that business owners in the city centre need to see footfall return to at least 85% of 2019 levels, which was achieved last week for the first time since the pandemic began.
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