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Hospitality sector warned that Covid-19 compliance is essential to maintain current level of openness

The hospitality sector has been warned that compliance with Covid-19 measures such as checking vaccine passes for indoor dining is essential if the current level of openness is to be maintained.

Via email, the industry was called to a meeting for next week by the Department of the Taoiseach which warned that a full understanding must be clear for nightclub, pub and restaurant owners in relation as to how the virus transmits and how events held in venues such as nightclubs pose the threat of being a superspreader event.

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The industry was told that if this current “level of openness” is to continue, then the hospitality sector must ensure that compliance with Covid-19 guidelines is met rather than a “minimum standard”.

The email which was sent to the hospitality sector also stated, “Individual businesses need to proactively risk assess their premises to calibrate mitigating measures in a bespoke way for their business”.

The meeting will take place on the 9th of November where industry representatives will be shown the latest data on the spread of the virus and how it relates to the hospitality and night-time sector.

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“If we do not engender a sense of collective effort, it will severely hamper out capacity to get transmission under control. In turn, this will limit our option in terms of reducing the burden of disease and mortality of this latest wave”.

This comes amid concerns from public health officials that guidelines are not being adhered to, such as vaccine passes and social distancing. Next week’s meeting is hoped to encourage those who work in the hospitality sector to increase compliance.

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