According to a study that was carried out on Friday by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), 37% of customers had not been asked to present their Covid-19 vaccine pass to avail of indoor dining at pubs and restaurants.
It also found that 20% of customers are taking precautions such as mask-wearing less than half of the time and government officials will be meeting representatives from the sector to discuss the study’s findings.
Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) CEO Adrian Cummins disputed the findings, stating that compliance is “far higher” than what the ESRI is saying.
“Our evidence on the ground on a face-to-face basis with the businesses we know and we have gone in to suggests compliance is far higher than what the ESRI is saying”.
While saying that inspectors would provide exact results, Mr. Cummins said, “This was an online survey. This was not a qualitative direct face-to-face live inspection of businesses.”
Mr. Cummins also said that there is no basis for keeping restrictions in place and has called for clarity on how long the vaccine pass system will remain in place.
“It is vital that we keep the economy open fully and there is no going back as the politicians have said to us already, but we also need to protect public health at all times”.
“We have always said we would implement the COVID pass but we also need to find out at what percentage of the overall needs to be vaccinated for the COVID pass to be stood down.”
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