Figures from five key business sectors in Northern Ireland react to the latest Covid-19 support measures announced by Finance Minister Conor Murphy.
The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium said the announcement that most retailers will be exempt from paying rates this year could be a "saving grace".
"After staff costs, business rates are our industry's biggest expense," director Aodhan Connolly said.
"The additional month break for all rates payers will be some small consolation to the larger grocery retailers who face higher costs and lower demand as a result of social-distancing measures which have cost over £5m.
"It is disappointing they did not garner a similar rates break to Great Britain, though we do appreciate the minister paying tribute to the retailers who have kept Northern Ireland fed throughout this crisis."
Brian Ambrose, chief executive at Belfast City Airport, said the inclusion of funding to support Northern Ireland's airports was a much needed boost towards economic recovery.
The airport will benefit from rates relief until March 31 next year.
While it has remained open, it has been operating with a significantly reduced flight schedule to facilitate essential travel only, and the industry has come under severe economic pressures.
"The Finance Minister's welcome announcement comes at a time when Northern Ireland's airports are facing unprecedented challenges," he said.
"The Executive recognise the importance of air access in the recovery of our economy as today's statement testifies."
Nora Smith, chief executive of charities umbrella group CO3, said many charities remain in desperate need of assistance.
“Any commitment to funding for the charitable sector is, of course, welcome,” she said.
“In recent weeks, we have heard that £15.5m is set aside for a Covid Charity Fund. However, we have had no detail on eligibility criteria or when it will open.
”Charities in Northern Ireland are losing millions of pounds. For the vast majority of them who are not in receipt of any public funding, nor eligible for any grants mentioned to date, the situation remains the same, with most unsure of what support they will get, if any.”
Teachers’ union NASUWT said the income support scheme for substitute teachers “provides much-needed relief”.
The union’s national official in Northern Ireland, Justin McCamphill, said: “Thousands of substitute teachers have lost out on the opportunity to work through the school closures. The hard reality is that schools simply could not function without these teachers.
“Substitute teachers and their families are in crisis and many cannot pay their bills, heat their homes or feed their families. They have watched as other workers in the private sector, the self-employed and local government workers have been granted furlough payments while they had to wait desperately for this news.”
The NI Hotels Federation said the rates relief until March 21 next year was a welcome step forward for the industry hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis.
“This support recognises the catastrophic effect on the hotel sector and wider tourism industry and greatly appreciates the response from the department of targeted sectoral support,” said CEO Janice Gault.
“There was anxiety of an impending rates bill against a background of no trade income and fast-reducing cash reserves. Today’s news has been met with genuine relief by local hoteliers.
“The department used an innovative approach in reaching this decision to identify those most affected by the pandemic.”