Chamber: Cork is a 'step closer' to recovery from coronavirus pandemic

Chamber: Cork is a 'step closer' to recovery from coronavirus pandemic
Cork City. Picture: David Creedon / Anzenberger

“WE are one step closer to recovery” now that a return to work safety protocol is in place, according to Cork Chamber.

The organisation representing Cork businesses has said it’s an important step to returning to work with confidence.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health have drafted a document outlining both employers and workers responsibilities on returning to work.

Some of the measures include advice on travelling to work on your own, the installation of sneeze guards where physical distancing isn’t possible, making face masks available to staff, and the implementation of a no hand-shaking policy.

Conor Healy, Chamber CEO said: “To define our recovery locally, nationally and internationally, it is essential to have the appropriate blend of public safety measures, business supports and capital investment stimulus. By setting out a clear national return to work protocol, we are one step closer to recovery.

“However, as with all COVID-19 measures so far, this is a fast paced trial being put straight into practice and it is equally essential that an appropriate balance is struck. It must be workable in practice, to truly incentivise a vigorous and resilient recovery,” he added, Mr Healy has encouraged the Government to be open to consultation during the plans implementation.

“We will engage actively with our sector groups, via our Sustainable Cork Programme, and have the best information and training services available to our members to ensure this Protocol adds meaningful value on our recovery journey,” Mr Healy said.

“We encourage all employers to carefully consider the contents of the protocol as they plan their next steps,” he added.

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