City centre business group DublinTown concerned by renewed restrictionsDale Greenwood 18 Aug 2020
THE City Centre Business Group DublinTown Expresses Concerned by the Renewed Restrictions Announced by the Government.
The group that represents 2,500 businesses believes that these additional restrictions could give rise to further business closures in the city centre in the coming weeks.
“Prior to Covid two-thirds of people travelling to the city to shop or socialise used public transport to do so,” they said in a statement.
“The public are now being advised not to use public transport, implying a direct link between public transport and public health. City footfall is struggling and this announcement is likely to depress it further. The city’s business community would like to know to what extent has a link between public transport use and the spread of the virus been established, particularly given the widespread compliance with the wearing of face masks on public transport.
“The return of office workers in Dublin city is of vital importance to the city centre economy. Office workers are the bedrock of custom for retail and hospitality businesses. These workers are the ones who buy coffees and lunches, shop on their breaks, and engage with the city’s hair and beauty offering.
Richard Guiney CEO of DublinTown, added: “Without the return of office workers, and with the public being discouraged from using public transport, recovery from the Covid19 lockdown will be made even more challenging for businesses, across all consumer facing sectors.
“Many businesses in Dublin city are considering permanent closure. For some this decision will be made in September, for others it will be deferred to December. The imposition of further restrictions and enhanced uncertainty regarding the future may hasten this decision.”