Mr Eastwood has urged other parties in the Executive to “show leadership” and provide certainty for communities, businesses and health care staff.
At present the Executive is divided over whether to lift or extend the restrictions for a further two week on the advice of medical experts.
Said the Foyle MP: “The SDLP has been clear, if the medical and scientific evidence shows that the only way to reduce the possibility of further restrictions in the mouth of Christmas is to extend the current restrictions, then we support the extension for another 14 days provided financial support is given to businesses affected.
“The SDLP is clear, not only must we act to protect lives but we also must protect livelihoods.
“If we do not extend the current restrictions, we risk causing disruption to business during their busiest time at Christmas.
“This is an incredibly tough decision.
“We recognise that there are no easy answers but there has to be a decision taken.
“Families and businesses cannot be left in limbo – if others will not support the health recommendation, then they need to bring forward their plans for the way forward, supported by medical and scientific evidence, and they need to do it today.
“This is a time for leadership, businesses need certainty and clarity.
“The SDLP is being upfront and honest. We want a decision taken today and clear communication to the public.
“Action is required now to get us through the next few weeks.
“For the SDLP safeguarding the Christmas period is our aim for our businesses, for our nurses and doctors and for families who so desperately need to see their loved ones.
“We need to look beyond short term decision making and ensure we achieve a safe Christmas by driving down Covid-19 now.”Tags: