Industry groups representing restaurants and pubs have welcomed the Government’s plan to allow indoor dining to resume in the coming weeks as a “giant leap forward” for the hospitality sector.
Adrian Cummins, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, described the plan to resume indoor dining as “another milestone” in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Cummins said the move was a “giant leap forward” towards the reopening of the hospitality business in a safe, viable and sustainable way.
“While we don’t live in a perfect pre-Covid world, the announcement will give confidence to a sector [that] we are moving forward in a direction that will give the opportunity to 20,000 hospitality businesses to reopen doors,” he said.
The decision would mean the sector was closer to seeing the return of 180,000 people to work, he said.
“It is vital we protect our staff and customers by following public health advice and abide by the guidelines,” he said.
Padraig Cribben, chief executive of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, which represents pubs outside Dublin, said it was “crucial” the legislation was passed in time to allow pubs to reopen before July 23rd.
Mr Cribben said the industry had been through “16 months of never-ending setbacks” and now “every summer weekend is vital for our members”.