Pub and restaurant owners across the country have voiced their concerns over the extension of the July 5th reopening when indoor hospitality is expected to return.
However, speculation suggests that the reopening may be delayed as NPHET expresses its concerns over the Delta variant.
Pubs and restaurants have been preparing to reopen next week in line with the current government plan, if delayed, thousands of bookings would be cancelled with several thousand euros worth of food going to waste.
Pub owners have been preparing to reopen by placing keg orders today in order to receive them before Monday.
While speaking to The Journal.ie, publican Brian Renaghan stated, “All my glassware has to be rewashed every so often to keep it right. The coolers have to be switched on and switched off once a week. I have to have my kegs into a cooling system for about four days before reopening to get everything at the right temperature,”.
Vintners’ Federation of Ireland chief executive Padraig Cribben stated that suppliers have to decide whether they are going to deliver or not deliver while adding, “If you take places that were closed down quickly, like Kildare, Laois and Offaly last year, there were losses of anything up to €10,000, €15,000, €20,000 in individual outlets.”
Jp McMahon, who owns two restaurants in Galway, told The Journal.ie that if the reopening is delayed it will lead to approximately 2,000 cancelled reservations which could mean a loss of €80,000 at an average spend of €40 per person. He added that a week in July is worth one whole month during the winter, “that’s effectively two months takings that we’re going to have to cover in the winter,”.