Limerick Chamber CEO Dee Ryan has today said that cooperation and support will be essential to help cope with the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus.
“Our priority is public health and, in managing the impact on our health service, we’d urge people to take important and reasonable precautions as directed by the HSE.
“In correctly making public safety the primary focus, our members and, in particular, the retail and hospitality sector are in the early stages of experiencing the most sudden economic shock they have faced since the financial crisis,” said Ms Ryan.
“These are exceptional times and we are continuing to monitor matters very closely on behalf of our members, including by communicating through our national body with government and on the ground directly with Oireachtas representatives to ensure that, in rightly putting public health first, everything possible is being done to support business through this.
“We are asking, however, that the public continues to support business locally through this while, of course, observing the HSE guidelines in doing so.”
She added: “It is a challenging time and what is key is that we work together, follow directions from HSE and prepare to roar back as a city and region when the COVID-19 cloud lifts. In the meantime, we support business locally where we can.
“We have huge resilience in Limerick, which we have shown many times before. When the chips are down, there’s few better than us to support each other and work our way through issues. As a chamber, we are determined to give the type of leadership and support needed to ensure that happens.”