Dublin pubs being treated unfairly and disproportionately – Drinks Ireland

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Fourth time not a charm – yet another false start for Dublin pubs 

Dublin pubs being treated unfairly and disproportionately – Drinks Ireland
It’s time for #OpeningTime
15th September 2020 - Dublin pubs that don’t serve food, or ‘wet pubs’, should be treated exactly the same as every other part of the hospitality sector, which has been allowed to open and remain open, as new restrictions are introduced in Dublin.
This is according to Drinks Ireland, which represents Ireland’s drinks suppliers, and has heavily criticised the news that pubs that do not serve food will remain closed in Dublin. 
It is currently running an #OpeningTime campaign, supported by the LVA and the VFI, calling for pubs that do not serve food to be allowed to reopen in a safe and sustainable manner.
It says that pubs are regulated environments, that will do their part in preventing the spread of Covid-19. Pubs that serve food have reopened safely in Dublin already.
According to Drinks Ireland, the continued closure of Dublin’s wet pubs is hugely damaging to the economy. The hospitality sector is vital for providing employment opportunities for young people. It can play a crucial role in the economic recovery from Covid-19, as it did during the recovery of the last economic crisis, when it accounted for one in every seven jobs created.
Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland said:
“This is now the fourth time that pubs in Dublin that do not serve food have been told they could reopen, to then be told, at very short notice, that they no longer can. It is completely disproportionate and unfair for these pubs to be treated as political scapegoats, and differently to the rest of the hospitality sector. Dublin pubs that serve food have reopened, safely.
“This continued closure impacts not only pubs, but also drinks suppliers. Beer and cider in particular cannot be kept in storage for lengthy periods as both will go off. This is now the fourth time new product has been brewed and delivered in kegs to Dublin pubs, to then not be used. It is also the fourth time drinks suppliers have worked with pubs in Dublin to clean beer lines ahead of a reopening.”