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Galway Chamber Calls on Government for exceptional support for businesses and their employees

Galway Chamber calls on Government to continue to support businesses through Level 5 lockdown and to prioritise planning for the Vaccine rollout. 

Speaking today, Galway Chamber Chief Executive, Kenny Deery, said 

“It is frustrating that we find ourselves at level 5 again, but these measures must be taken to reduce the rising wave of Covid-19 cases. Galway Chamber is urging our members to not only safeguard their businesses, but also themselves and their families by following government and public health guidelines. 

This means continuing to interpret the restrictions conservatively for the next month at least. If people can work from home, then that is the only place they should be working from. Employers must do everything they can do to support their employees to work remotely. 

Along with the direct impact on the health of our country, it is our local economy that continues to bear the brunt of the economic impact of Covid-19. Further restrictions are devastating for many people, and our wellbeing. It is important to take care of our mental health during this time - supports are available at” 

President of Galway Chamber, J.P. Gilmartin added “We, however, must look forward. 

There is light at the end of the tunnel as we face into this lockdown, we now have a vaccine. Government must ensure the robustness of the implementation plan and ensure our health services get all the resources and support they require to deliver it to all”. 

Government supports such as the further Restart Grants, Pandemic Unemployment Payment, Covid Restrictions Support Scheme and Rates relief will need to be delivered well into the June 2021 at least, to allow businesses to plan, to budget and ensure their survival.  

Galway Chamber is asking for a high level of compliance by our business community to minimise the continuing damage to our economy and societal wellbeing.