Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has stated that outlets that do not comply with Covid-19 measures are putting the public at risk.
He also said that non-compliant outlets “do not deserve to remain open”.
He said that there is an overall good level of compliance with regulations from outlets “but we can do better”.
This comes as Government officials meet with hospitality industry representatives to review the risks associated with the easing of restrictions last month.
Among the discussions will be the Economic and Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) study results which revealed that certain outlets were not checking Covid-19 vaccine passes, with the number of people reporting their pass not being checked rising from 21% to 37%.
Those who will be attending the meeting include Give US The Night, the Irish Hotels Federation, Licensed Vintners Association, Live Venue Collective, the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland’s CEO Adrian Cummins disputed the findings from the ESRI, saying that compliance in pubs and restaurants is much higher than what the research suggests.
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