Communicating with laid-off staff, preserving cash and a need for some certainty about the future were cited by two leading caterers as the principal challenges facing their businesses during the Covid 19 crisis.
Wexford plans to lead the way in attracting home holidaymakers this year.
'The Sunny South East' is preparing a marketing campaign themed “Co Wexford is Open”. The idea is among several proposals sent this week to Heather Humphreys, the Minister for Business, by Wexford Chamber.
The 'Reviving Wexford' report assesses the county’s options for renewal under several headings. Tourism is presented as a prime opportunity to attract business during the ongoing pandemic, given the likelihood of there being pent-up demand from lockdown-weary domestic tourists from nearby Dublin.
Canopies on pedestrianised malls, and marquees outside pubs and restaurants could become the norm in Kerry as plans to allow premises expand onto the street area are advanced.
Huge revenue losses in Kerry, along with more than €20 million shortfall in rates to the local authority are anticipated due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Even medium-sized pubs and cafes would only be able to cater for ten or 12 people under new social distancing guidelines, and this would not be financially viable, Mayor of Tralee Cllr Jim Finucane said.