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Friday, January 21, 2022

Pubs and restaurants now in ‘a very dark place’ – VFI

The Vintners Association of Ireland (VFI) says pubs and restaurants have been left in a very dark place with pubs stating that they have seen “basically all” Christmas parties and events cancelled.

The seasonal events are what helps support the sector ahead of the quiet months of January and February.

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With hospitality businesses being required to close at midnight, NPHET is now recommending further restrictions for the sector which will include new opening hours, banning multiple table bookings and reducing table numbers to six people.

While speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, VFI chief Padraig Cribben stated, “On Budget Day back in October… the Government announced a phasing out of the EWSS, which was based on a premise at the time that every business would be open fully on October 22nd. We know October 22nd didn’t happen.”

He added, “We were in a very serious situation before the NPHET meeting yesterday. December is a month where publicans, restauranteurs and hotels create a certain buffer to get them through the months of January and February.”

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Following the reports on NPHET’s recommendations this morning, Cribben described the industry’s situation as “very concerning”.

“There will be significant supports needed, or there will be a lot of businesses who will not survive the barren months of January and February 2022.”

IMAGE – “Cheers! Dublin Style” by Zach Dischner is licensed under CC BY 2.0/”city-restaurant-table-pavement” by pixellaphoto is marked with CC0 1.0

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