TRADERS were today trying to gauge the impact of the current localised coronavirus restrictions in Ballymena but stressing they are very much open for business.
There was anecdotal evidence from some traders that business was down although the full picture was unknown.
Other businesses said their takings were normal.
Shops, schools and businesses are all open.
The main restriction in areas of Northern Ireland like Belfast, Ballymena and the BT43 postcode are that people are, in most circumstances, not allowed to go into other people’s houses in those areas.
In a joint statement, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts and Ballymena Chamber President Eugene Reid emphasised: “Ballymena is well and truly open for business.”
The statement added: “Ballymena has some fantastic independent retailers and hospitality businesses which offer something different and distinctive to shoppers and visitors. Working with Council, traders have worked hard to put the health of employees and customers as a priority and ensure that the town centre and their businesses are safe and welcoming for all visitors”
“Retail NI and Ballymena Chamber strongly encourage all in the community to adhere to the guidelines and that our members will continue to do the same. We are by no means at the end of this terrible pandemic and that we will be doing everything in our power to keep the vulnerable safe as well as supporting our local businesses and moving the local economy forward.”
Traders are stressing that they have put in place safety measures as can be seen in the following video.