HU EXPRESSES EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT AS NO REOPENING DATE SET AS YET BY NI EXECUTIVE
08 June 2020
HU has said that it is “extremely disappointed” that the NI Executive has still not come to a decision on a date for the re-opening of the sector despite having the opportunity at its latest meeting to settle on a time frame.
The lack of clarity over the re-opening comes at a time when the Republic of Ireland presses ahead with a programme and details around their move to the next stage of their restriction lifting plan. The organisation has claimed that the lack of a re-opening date is adding to the pressures of the sector as meetings go by without any further resolve.
Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster reacted:
“It is extremely disappointing that another Executive meeting has come and gone with no decision being made on a date on the re-opening of our industry in Northern Ireland.”
“We urgently need the hospitality sector to be re-opened to save thousands of job. We have extensive health and safety plans in place to protect our staff and customers. It is imperative that our supply chain is given a date so that we can ensure that everything is in place for trading once again.”
“The longer the lack of a re-opening date goes on, the more of a negative impact it will have.”
“We have seen the clear direction provided in the Republic of Ireland and GB. It is now imperative that our Executive provides an immediate date for the reopening of the industry here.”
The longer we go on like this, the more jobs will be threatened, and the sustainability of many businesses will come under even greater pressure. Already many in our sector are experiencing serious cashflow issues, and any reserves left are going towards the likes of top ups of furlough payments. We will put health and safety first, but it is now a matter of survival and our Executive must make a decision this week, before it is too late.”