Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Retail NI say Boris Johnson has “called it right”

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Retail NI has said that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has “called it right”.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts was speaking after the Prime Minister’s Coronavirus Statement last night.



“The Prime Minister has called it right,” he said.

“We fully endorse his call for people to stay at home and to obey these restrictions – it is the only way we can reduce the pressure on the NHS and to save lives.

“This will be very tough on non-food retailers and their staff as they close their doors.

“We are working with the Executive to establish the Covid-19 Grant Support scheme, further rate relief and other measures to support local independent retailers in the next few months.



“Retail NI food members are now on the front line ensuring that our community is able to buy food and other vital products.

He continued, “These local shops are also a vital lifeline for many vulnerable people and those who don’t have transport access.

“I would appeal again for the general public to treat our members’ staff with respect and remember that they are putting their own health at risk to ensure you and your family are able to put food on the table.

“They need your support and understanding.

“Again we say – do not panic buy and make a contribution to a food bank if possible.



“There is a huge shortage of hand sanitisers which our staff urgently need to protect their health as they continue to provide this front-line service – we call on Ministers to act on this,” Glyn added.


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