Irish consumers asked to respect the guidelines, respect the staff and respect each other, to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

People encouraged to #BeSound when returning to their favourite hospitality venues this weekend


Irish consumers asked to respect the guidelines, respect the staff and respect each other, to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience

Hospitality venues have invested significantly in Covid-19 measures

People in Ireland are being encouraged to act respectfully when returning to their favourite pubs, bars and restaurants this weekend and beyond, as certain venues across the country reopen from today.

Drinks Ireland, which represents Irish drinks producers and distributors, including many of the nation’s best-loved brands, has relaunched it’s #BeSound campaign.

The campaign is encouraging consumers to respect the guidelines, set out by individual venues, respect the staff, by being patient and cooperative and respect each other, to ensure the experience is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Hospitality venues are regulated environments and responsible businesses that will maintain strict Covid-19 measures when they reopen from today and Drinks Ireland is calling on consumers to play their part as they return to hospitality venues.

Drinks Ireland recognises this is an exciting time for many business owners around the country, but remains heavily critical of the Government’s decision not to allow pubs that don’t serve food to reopen.

Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland said:

“Businesses in the hospitality and experience sector are regulated environments and have proven to be responsible players throughout the crisis. We believe they will offer a safe place for people to socialise responsibly this Christmas season and beyond. Our campaign is encouraging customers to #BeSound when returning to their favourite venues this weekend or in the coming weeks, to ensure everyone is kept safe, and importantly has a great time.

“The decision, however, to keep pubs that don’t serve food closed is not based on sufficient evidence. In Ireland, just 0.3% of Covid-19 outbreaks have been linked to pubs to date, according to the HSE/HPSC’s epidemiological data. These pubs should have been given the opportunity to reopen in a safe and sustained manner.”

For more on the #BeSound campaign follow @DrinksIreland on Twitter.

Click here to download a video created by Drinks Ireland showing what a safe reopened hospitality venue will look like this festive season and beyond.