The government must consider deferring payment of tax bills to help small businesses survive, it has been warned.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the government to introduce a range of measures to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on the economy in Northern Ireland.
The UK will remain in the containment phase of its response to the coronavirus outbreak following an emergency Cobra meeting. The delay phase of the response would involve closing schools and banning public events.
While this is not yet being implemented, one of the UK's most senior health officials yesterday said an increasing number of people will be expected to self-isolate in the next 10 to 14 days.
Roger Pollen from NI FSB said: "We urge businesses to follow Government advice, as this is fast moving and subject to change."