Business groups have called on the Government to reintroduce full wage subsidies and other financial supports in order to help companies cope with the implementation of restrictions during the Christmas period.
Trade body representatives for restaurants, pubs, the retail sector and small businesses have urged the Government to pause the tapering of the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme.
There are also calls for the Government to reintroduce the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme.
This comes as the Cabinet agreed to impose new restrictions that included reduced opening times for pubs, restaurants and nightclubs as well as extending the Covid-19 vaccine pass to theatres and cinemas.
Employees are being urged to work from home unless absolutely necessary. ISME chief Neil McDonnell stated, “We had hoped that the ‘vaccine dividend’ would allow reopening to occur even if case numbers increased somewhat”.
He added, “As usual, we’re watching the slow release of details of the new restrictions on social media. However, it is clear that hospitality, grooming and the night-time economy will be badly affected by these measures in the run-up to Christmas, and Government supports will have to take account of that, including the EWSS.”
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