Thursday, August 13, 2020

WATERFORD Chamber Chief Executive, Gerald Hurley appealed to members of the business community and the public not to become complacent in light of recent local lockdowns imposed on three counties.

Waterford Chamber Chief Executive Gerald Hurley.

“We have fought Covid and we are winning here in Waterford but let’s not take our eye off the ball. It is up to all of us to work together to keep the spread of the virus at bay here in Waterford,” Mr Hurley said.

His comments followed on from a conference call with Kildare, Laois and Offaly Chambers, whose members were completely blindsided by the introduction of renewed restrictions in their respective counties.

“This is sure to have a detrimental effect on the local economies,” Mr Hurley said.

He put it to them if they had their time back, what would they do differently and they were emphatic with their advice to remind members to:

STEP BACK: Re-double your efforts as a company to ensure you are adhering to the guidelines. Don’t relax, don’t cut corners, review your policies, your PPE stocks and your own procedures, to ensure they are maintained every single day. Ensure full compliance from all of your staff and customers – and make it part of your daily routine to check everything yourself directly!

STEP UP: Having now, in most cases operated for a while with the guidelines set out, you may have seen better ways to ensure compliance, or perhaps there may be practical solutions that you have put in place or a trusted PPE supplier you have found, that works for your business that may benefit others. Implement these improved measures and share them with the Chamber so that they can help inform other businesses and key stakeholders/agencies in your sector.

STEP IN: If you are aware of another business who is finding it difficult to maintain compliance with the guidelines, step in to support them. There is no blame, we are all learning how to cope with this new way of operating our businesses. Businesses and business owners truly are in this together. If you can’t directly help them, ask them to contact the Chamber and we will refer them to a similar business in the county who can help them or to an appropriate training service to assist them.

“Finally, can I take this opportunity to congratulate you on the work so far. I know it has been tough, I know you are all under pressure, but know that we are here to help and support wherever we can,” Mr Hurley told Waterford Chamber members.

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