WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay in response to the Trump Administration declaring the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency.
“It should come as a surprise to no one that the U.S. government has reached out to the retail industry for assistance in this time of crisis. Our retail leaders stand at the ready to react and respond to help ensure the security and safety of employees and consumers alike in the communities they serve.
“We know the effects of this virus are impacting millions of people, directly and indirectly, in the U.S. and around the world. Retail brands are always on the frontline with citizens in communities large and small, and they are partnering with the health care industry and government officials to ensure COVID-19 is contained and mitigated as quickly as possible. Retailers are grateful for the opportunity to play such an important role and look forward to continued collaboration on the municipal, state and federal levels.”
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.