Representatives of the hospitality sector have told Government officials they fear another lockdown is on the cards

They also said strong support for their businesses must remain in the wake of news of a new curfew on the hospitality sector.Officials are said to have reassured them the country is not looking at another lockdown – however, sources said the industry feels the meeting may have been a box ticking exerciseThe meeting comes as a publicans across Cork say trade has been tough since the October Bank Holiday weekend and the new midnight curfew will make it very difficult for some publicans to open at allPublicans say they do understand the deteriorating public health situation, but says there are workers, families, and business affected by the reintroduction of these restrictions, and they have concerns as the sector faces into another indefinite period of closure.Speaking to RedFM News Michael Farrell owner of Farrell’s Summerfield Bar in Youghal says if restrictions are being imposed on publicans there needs to be equality across the sector:

“The one thing is, what’s baffling most publicans is the fact that people can go to a restaurant or a pub and for a meal or to meet people and they’re fairly safe but if they go into hotel, they’ll be sitting alongside someone who’s unvaccinated, and it makes no sense. There’s no there’s no coherent plan from the government there. They have to do something about that.”


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