Minister Heather Humphreys backs call for off-licenses to close earlier

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has backed calls for off-licences to close early and suggested they could shut at 6pm or 7pm.

“Covid loves to party and loves to drink alcohol,” Humphreys said.

“I do support it, I think it is something we should look at, I have asked the NPHET to look at it,” Humphreys said about closing off-licenses earlier.

She said it would be a good idea to limit the amount of alcohol being bought by people because “the evidence is there that house parties have helped to spread the virus”.

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