Executive Must Set Date for All Retailers to Reopen-Retail NI

7th June 2020

Ahead of tomorrows Executive meeting, Retail NI has urged Ministers to set a date for the remainder of the retail sector to reopen following the Irish Governments decision to set a date.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

 “With the Irish Government setting out a road map for its retail sector to reopen, the Executive must now also set a date, otherwise many local towns and retailers along the border will be at a major competitive disadvantage”

“We need a date and we need it now as retail plays a key role not just on our high streets, but our economy as a whole”

“Many of our fashion retail members who still have no date to reopen, have advanced risk assessment plans in place that will ensure social distancing and provide a safe environment for shoppers and their staff fully in line with medical advice”

“Retail NI has also written to the Executive to ask Ministers to establish a High Street and Retail Advisory Group to ensure the Executive can move forward with the safe reopening of our town and city centres alongside a wider retail reopening plan”

“Moving from 2 metres to 1 metre social distancing is crucial for retail and hospitality as they reopen, and we urge the Executive to look at how this can be done in a safe way”

Glyn Roberts 07515710517