Una Mullally: Time for a radical outdoor plan so business can survive

Spend money strategically by shopping at home-based independent businesses

We need to focus the public’s mind on how they spend and use that spending to help local businesses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

We need to focus the public’s mind on how they spend and use that spending to help local businesses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Last week, the most urgent argument made by politicians, particularly Leo Varadkar, regarding avoiding a Level-5 lockdown was the business case.

That tens – and probably hundreds – of thousands of people could lose their jobs overnight (some for the second or third time this year), and that a lot of hospitality and retail would be dealing with potentially a final blow, was an overwhelming scenario.

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