Coronavirus: Outline plan for economic recovery

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Proposed next steps to safely rebuild the economy after the impact of COVID-19

The Department for the Economy has outlined plans to take the first steps to get the economy moving again.

These recommendations build on the NI Executive’s five-stage recovery plan, which outlines a path to exit lockdown safely and sustainably, and places the health, wellbeing and safety of people at the centre.

The proposed next steps for economic recovery include:

  • Building confidence in the construction and manufacturing sectors and continuing to move out of lockdown while staying safe and working safely.
  • Continuing to emphasise and promote home-working for businesses in the financial, professional services and IT sectors. Those who can work at home should continue to do so.
  • Extending the relaxation of the restrictions on garden centres to introduce other outdoor non-food retailers such as new and used car dealerships and large machinery retailers. This easing of rules is provisionally agreed to start from 8 June 2020.
  • Also, from 8 June is the provisional opening of large non-food retailers such as those selling household electrical appliances, mobile phones and furniture stores. This will only apply where outlets have direct street access or direct access within a retail park. For more information, see Coronavirus: Executive sets out plans for retail to reopen from June.

Progress along the economic recovery pathway will be reliant on controlling the rate of transmission of COVID-19. The Department for the Economy will work with the Minister for Health to ensure the steps taken at every stage are in line with the latest scientific advice.

Find more detail on the economic recovery plan, read Charting a course for the economy from the Department for the Economy.

For practical steps on how local employers and employees can keep themselves and their workplaces safe - see Workplace safety guidance and priority sector list and Workplace safety guidelines and social distancing.

First published 29 May 2020