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Pubs are ‘perfectly happy’ to continue using vaccine certs – LVA

Head of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) Donall O’Keefe has stated that pubs are ‘perfectly happy’ to continue working with the use of vaccination certificates.

This comes as the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) meets to consider the advice in relation to the October 22nd reopening.


This Friday, it was expected that the majority of Covid-19 restrictions would be removed, however, a recent surge in Covid-19 cases has resulted in the government doubting if restrictions can be eased.

However, many nightclub owners have urged the government to stick to its plans as the sector has been closed since March 2020.

Nightclub owners have also stated that they had staff and rostered hours prepared in advance of the reopening, with many staff leaving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) as a result.


This means that staff will not be in a position to return to the payment if the sector doesn’t reopen.

Mr. O’Keefe commented on the national vaccine rate of 92%, stating that if it isn’t good enough then what is?

He added that if 100% of customers at nightclubs and late bars are fully vaccinated, then the time is now in terms of easing restrictions.

“If not now, then when? And if a vaccination rate of 92% is not sufficient then what is?”

He said that the sector would be more than happy to continue using vaccine certs on the basis that all other measures were removed, stating that “we have been working with them for a number of months now, and certainly are very happy to continue to work with them – on the assumption that once we admit only vaccinated customers the other restrictions are gone”.

IMAGE – “Cheers! Dublin Style” by Zach Dischner is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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