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Restaurants say “fake bookings” being made in protest of indoor hospitality rules a huge issue

Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins says that people making “fake bookings” in protest against the indoor dining regulations, which limits access to those who are vaccinated, is a huge issue.

Cummins was asked about the issue on RTE’s The Business, following numerous reports from restaurant owners.

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“Yes, it’s a huge issue over the last 48 hours,” Cummins replied.

“Since the announcement around the reopening of indoor hospitality, we’ve seen fake bookings coming in at a rate of knots into businesses to book up tables to try and disrupt our reopening plans for hospitality.”

“I think the businesses need to be aware of that. I think they have to have their own internal policies around how they take reservations,” he continued.

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“It’s another challenge for our industry that we have to face as we reopen.”

As part of the guidelines published for the reopening of indoor hospitality, staff will have to be deployed at entrances to make sure no customers enter without proof of vaccination.

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