Several Bantry businesses won’t reopen for indoor dining this week

Several businesses in the West Cork town of Bantry will not be reopening to indoor dining this week.

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels are allowed to serve customers indoors, however many businesses in the town say they will wait until people can enter without needing a cert.

The move to indoor dining has been cautiously welcomed by the hospitality industry who say the guidelines will pose challenges for them, while the Taoiseach is urging people to do all they can to protect the progress made so far.

Speaking to RedFM News, Danielle Delaney from the Brick Oven in Bantry says while they will be offering indoor dining from Thursday, many other places will continue to offer outdoor service only.

“The majority of the places I’ve seen in Bantry aren’t, and even our hotels have so much capacity at the moment with their residents that they cannot take outdoor diners.

“Basically we’re reopening, the Bantry Bay has reopened. A lot of people are saying that unless they can get more staff or don’t have to check vaccinations, they won’t be going inside.”

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