Friday, 18 September 2020
Proposal to essentially close Dublin’s hospitality sector ‘ineffective, unfair and totally out of step with the rest of the country and the EU’
It would mean that Dublin’s wet pubs are never even given a chance to reopen safely and sustainably – Drinks Ireland
18th September 2020 - Dublin’s economy will be further decimated if the hospitality sector is “essentially closed”, under NPHET’s proposals being discussed and decided upon by Cabinet today, according to Drinks Ireland which represents Ireland’s drinks suppliers.
Drinks Ireland points out that Dublin’s wet pubs have never even been given the chance to reopen, and the Government’s approach for Dublin is out of step with the rest of the country and with other EU countries.
Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland said:
“The proposed closure of a large part of Dublin’s hospitality sector, including pubs that serve food and restaurants, is completely unfair when considering the evidence. The increase in Covid-19 cases in Dublin has not been associated with the hospitality sector. These businesses are regulated environments doing their part to prevent against the spread of Covid-19.
“Across Europe, the hospitality sector has reopened with restrictions, including in countries with a higher Covid-19 incidence rate. In Marseille in France, bars and restaurants must close at 12.30am. In the Czech Republic, they must close at midnight, while in Germany there are social distancing measures in place and restrictions on numbers that can sit together.
“We also see that countries are managing hotspots with targeted measures that do not mean a total closure of a vital sector and economic diver. On some Greek islands, which have seen an increase in cases recently, only four people can sit at a table at a time, for example, while in the highly impacted region of Andalusia in Spain there are limits on the numbers allowed indoors at bars and restaurants.
“The hospitality sector should be allowed to stay open in Dublin, or in the case of wet pubs reopen in a safe and sustainable manner. The Government must stop unfairly targeting an entire industry that is already on its knees.”