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Coronavirus: Northern Ireland needs fast-track opening plan or jobs will go, warn hospitality chiefs

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Colin Neill from Hospitality Ulster

Colin Neill from Hospitality Ulster

Glyn Roberts

Glyn Roberts

Colin Neill from Hospitality Ulster

Hospitality Ulster chief executive Colin Neill has warned of "mass redundancies" unless Stormont brings forward the reopening of pubs, restaurants, hotels and cafes to the end of this month.

He was speaking as the heads of four local Chambers of Commerce called on the Executive to fast-track the opening of businesses here in line with plans announced by the Irish Government on Friday.

The leaders of Newry, Belfast, Causeway and Londonderry chambers say that not doing so means retailers and hospitality businesses here, particularly those in border areas, will be left "at a competitive disadvantage".