Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson and Karen Mullan have held a meeting with the Manager of the City Centre Initiative (CCI) Jim Roddy to discuss the implications of the city centre emerging from COVID 19 and the economic impact it has had on local businesses.
Martina Anderson said “We felt it was very important to have this meeting with Jim Roddy to get the most up to date information available on how COVID19 has impacted on local businesses and what practical solutions we could bring as elected representatives to help.
“Many workers are fearful of what the future holds for them as a lot of decisions on shop closures are being taken hundreds of miles away. No business has been immune from the economic impact over the past five months so it’s important that we support them as best we can.
“During the month of August the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme will be taking place. With many people taking a staycation this year I would hope they can use it as an opportunity to help the local hospitality sector. It will run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3rd August and 31st August. Customers will be able to get 50% off your food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person if you eat or drink in. With people eating out more I hope it also gives a much-needed bounce to the local Taxi industry who are also finding it hard with less people using their services due to COVID19.
“Every small action we take collectively can go a long way to keep local people in jobs and the doors of businesses open.