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Call for supports follow 'Cinderella' closure

Hospitality groups have called for a restoration of supports following the Government decision to introduce a midnight closing time for bars, restaurants and nightclubs which willdokeeffe come into force from midnight this Thursday, 18 November.

Normal opening hours for such premises only returned on 22 October.
The curfew is part of a range of measures aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19 infections.
The plan also includes advice for employees to work from home as of next Friday, and the requirement for Covid passes in cinemas and theatres.
Responding to the Government's decision, the Licensed Vintners Association called for the immediate re-introduction of Covid supports for the late-night sector.
The LVA said this "will be extraordinarily difficult for those working in late bars, nightclubs and the rest of the late night sector and will place considerable pressures on livelihoods in the run up to Christmas".

 

The association said support schemes like the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme, Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme and Pandemic Unemployment Payment must be reimplemented immediately, "along with the waiving of commercial rates for as long as the restrictions remain in place".
Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA said: "We were told that if we waited until the majority of the public was vaccinated we would be able to get back to trading. Well, we waited and that wasn’t enough.
"Late night hospitality was closed for 585 consecutive days, got to open for 27 days and now they face another indefinite period of closure," he said.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland has also called for business supports for the hospitality industry to be re-instated.
RAI chief executive, Adrian Cummins also said that antigen testing needed to be ramped up.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne programme, he said the message to reduce socialising is having an impact on business, with cancellations now being made in restaurants and hospitality venues.
 
 
 

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