The Vintners' Federation of Ireland said the longer pubs are closed to indoor service, the more businesses will fail.
As part of its proposed easing of restrictions, the Government announced that hotels could reopen indoor dining and drinking, to residents only, on June 2, while pubs and restaurants could only open for outdoor service on June 7.
“It is vital that a date is provided as soon as possible for indoor service to resume,” a spokesperson for the Licensed Vintners’ Association (LVA) said.
If the Government is serious about having a summer of domestic tourism then pubs and all hospitality businesses need to be able to allow customers indoors as soon as the vaccine rollout progresses and it is safe enough to do so."
The VFI has said that the “short-term solution” of opening outdoor services must be followed by a resumption of indoor service. It will take years for pubs to fully recover, it said.