Aontú Ballyarnett Cllr Emmet Doyle has slammed the vague nature of current coronavirus regulations and has accused the Executive Office of a dereliction of duty in addressing concerns from local businesses.
He said: “Since the introduction of the latest range of guidance at the end of November I have been contacted by a number of businesses who felt that they could continue to operate under the new rules until they were visited by the Police and told to close.
The vague regulations are causing confusion for many businesses, for example car wash businesses must close even if they provide chassis power washing which is required for MOT, but the regulations allow ‘MOT services’ to remain open.
I have contacted the authorities seeking urgent guidance given the loss in revenue and wages for local people but almost ten days later there has been no information forthcoming from the Executive Office and it is not acceptable.
It is disgraceful that local businesses who could potentially have been able to operate are now closed and the Executive Office seemingly can’t offer answers to questions on the regulations they are asking police to enforce.”