Retail NI Comments on Covid-19 Testing for Key Sectors

26 May 2021

Commenting on the announcement by the Health Minister that essential retail and other key sectors will be able to access asymptomatic testing, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a welcome initiative, and we look forward to working with the Department of Health on its roll out”

‘However, its initial step only includes businesses with more than 50 employees, and this would clearly rule out most independent essential grocery retailers being able to avail of this testing programme”

“Throughout this pandemic, many independent essential retailers and their staff have and continue to play a key role ensuring food and other products continue to be available to all, particularly many older and vulnerable members of our community”

“Retail NI will be seeking a meeting with the Minister to ensure all essential retailers and their workers will be able to benefit from this important programme”