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Mallow Chamber welcomes easing of restrictions for local businesses


Sharon Cregg, preseident of Mallow Chamber.

Sharon Cregg, preseident of Mallow Chamber.

Sharon Cregg, preseident of Mallow Chamber.


The President of Mallow Chamber, Sharon Cregg, has warmly welcomed the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, saying it’s providing a welcome boost across Ireland for our economy, our community and our society as a whole.

Sharon Cregg said: “The easing of the restrictions offers a great sense of hope to the business community for the year ahead. Everyone has felt the effects of the lockdowns over the past 22 months, now there is a feeling of relief and a rise in confidence for businesses.”

She said that the businesses in Mallow and the wider North Cork area are the backbone of the local community and they played a crucial role in navigating the threat posed by Covid-19, adding that these businesses have demonstrated a huge commitment to supporting public health.

Ms Cregg said there were a number of key takeaways from the announcement at the weekend. “There are still uncertainties with Covid-19 so it is positive to see commitment from the Government to continue and extend vital supports, particularly the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) as many businesses are still counting the cost of the pandemic.”

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Ms Cregg added: “Again, this will give businesses some badly needed financial breathing space as they get back on their feet. We would again urge people to continue supporting local businesses and spending local as our small and independent traders get back on their feet.”

Another key announcement, she pointed out, is the scrapping of the early closing time for hospitality and events, as will capacity restrictions for outdoor events and indoor events, including weddings.

“This is particularly relevant to the Mallow area given the amount of money that has been invested in local projects over recent years to attract visitors to the town. Funding allocated to tourism related initiatives will also help towns like Mallow considerably,” Ms Cregg said.

“The recovery of Ireland’s economy is already underway and Mallow Chamber will continue to do what is necessary to support it.”