Statement on NI Executive Announcement 22nd December 2021

Posted 22 Dec, 2021

Responding to the announcements made by the NI Executive this evening, Joanne Stuart, CEO NITA said,

“it is extremely disappointing that the NI Executive have announced further restrictions without providing the certainty to businesses about the financial support package to help them to navigate through this difficult and uncertain time. Following the Chancellors announcement on Monday, the NI Executive have £125M of new monies to help mitigate the impact to businesses.

The governments of England, Scotland and Wales have all announced packages to support tourism, leisure, culture and hospitality sectors, but in Northern Ireland, businesses have been left in an intolerable situation with no idea of how they will make it through the next few months. Businesses in the tourism and travel sector are still trying to get back on a sustainable financial footing as a result of the pandemic, and businesses are struggling to survive with little or no cash reserves. Details of the financial package are urgently needed.

The impact of Omicron is of major concern to all of us and businesses are playing their part by following regulations and guidance to ensure that premises and experiences are safe for customers and staff alike. With additional legal requirements being introduced on 27th December further information is urgently required to enable businesses to plan how they ensure compliance.