The Licensed Vintners Association , the Vintners Federation of Ireland , and the Ibec representative group Drinks Ireland is calling for a temporary reduction in the hospitality VAT rate; and extending it to apply to alcohol sales in the on-trade (pubs and bars), until 31 December 2020 and as part of the July stimulus programme promised.The RAI is not supporting the campaign.
The group, which collectively represents over 5,000 pubs in Ireland, has launched ‘Protect our Pubs’ – a public campaign to highlight the important social and cultural role that the drinks and hospitality industry play in our communities and to demonstrate the loss that would be felt should some pubs not reopen due to Covid-19.
Approximately two in three Dublin pubs have reopened this week. Outside of Dublin, more than 60 percent of pubs remain closed. For the pubs that have, or intend to reopen, Government guidelines will mean a significant change in how they operate and how consumers experience the Irish pub.