In this week’s focus we will have another look at the ongoing impact on demand from COVID-19 mitigation measures. This comes in the light of the easing of restrictions in both Northern Ireland (NI) and Ireland.
On 18 May, the Irish government started its Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which saw the easing of COVID-19 measures over a series of five phases. This has since been accelerated and seen a reconfigured roadmap consisting of just four phases, with Phase 3 beginning on 29 June and Phase 4 on 20 July. The NI Executive published a similar phased approach to easing restrictions, consisting of five stages.