Businesses told to prepare for January shutdowns as Omicron spike looms

Industry sources say the modelling on case numbers presented by the HSE and Nphet is ‘very grim’

Micheál Martin: said the worst of the pandemic “could very well be” still ahead of us. Picture: Julien Behal/RollingNews

Business leaders have been warned to prepare for potential shutdowns at manufacturing facilities by the middle of January as Covid-19 cases are set to spike to unprecedented levels, the Business Post has learned.

Industry representatives from Ibec, the employer’s group, met with officials from the HSE and the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) last week.

At the meeting, they were warned that the virulent nature of the Omicron variant, and the requirement for all ...