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Business owners call for certainty on Covid-19 restrictions

Business owners have called for certainty in relation to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions which is due to take place on the 22nd of October.

Ian Redmond, who runs the Tramline nightclub in Dublin, has said that a huge amount of work and effort has gone into preparing for the reopening next weekend with staff in place and rosters ready.


He said that “We are just devastated… the amount of work that has gone into this… I just want certainty and clarity from the Government, we deserve this,”.

With nightclubs being closed down for a total of 581 days, Redmond said that it’s “just not fair” for the government to leave it until Tuesday or Wednesday to decide on whether the easing of Covid-19 restrictions will take place on the 22nd of October.

Redmond said that it doesn’t work to put ad hoc restrictions or look into implementing antigen testing at this late stage.


He added that Taoiseach Micheál Martin “knows well we can only operate at 100%” but said that he is not opposed to using Covid-19 vaccination passes or temperature checks.

Head of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins pointed out that staff have been rostered in for work from next Friday and onwards, many of whom have now left the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, meaning that they will be in a position where they cannot get back on the payment if the sector doesn’t reopen.

“We are in a phase now where we need to get this right, we need to make sure we protect the health of the nation, first of all, but we also need to engage with businesses around how they operationalise their business over the next number of weeks ahead,”.

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