Fears raised over impact of potential restrictions on Dublin business

The CEO of DublinTown, the group representing businesses in the capital city, has warned that any restrictions will have an impact on business.

Richard Guiney told Newstalk’s Breakfast Briefing that any time there is a suggestion of restrictions there was an immediate impact on footfall

If Dublin moves to Level 3, as is anticipated, this will mean a further reduction in footfall and hospitality is suffering the most, he said.

“We know that something needs to be done, the virus incidence is increasing, but we're saying let's be strategic about this.”

Mr Guiney pointed out that the increase in levels of the virus was because of activities in people’s homes which was where efforts needed to be concentrated, he said.

Messaging on public transport also needed to be examined. “Is the virus actually circulating on public transport?” he asked.

There should also be a focus on young people, who, he said were perhaps not as aware of the implications, not just for themselves and their families, but also the economy.

“We need to look at those messages - nobody wants to bring people into an unsafe environment, but I think we need to be very strategic in terms of where we focus our energies in reducing the transmission.”