Crushing Blow To Rural Ireland As Pubs Now To Reopen On 20th Of August
Pubs are now set to reopen on the 20th of August, Vinters Association and publicans are in outrage at the news. This government is determined to drive rural Ireland into the ground.
The decision not to open all pubs on Monday has been slammed as "shocking" by the Vintners Federation of Ireland.
The Government has taken the decision to delay the reopening from July 20 to August 10 after a recent surge in cases.
Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the VFI, has questioned why this decision has been made.
Mr Cribben said: "This is a shocking decision not to proceed with the planned reopening of pubs and will be a hammer blow to thousands of pubs and their local communities around the country.
"The vast majority of these pubs are small rural outlets run by families who are on first-name terms with their customers and far removed from the crowded venues that concern NPHET.
"As controlled venues we believe these pubs should be allowed open as they are far safer than the likes of uncontrolled house parties and pose little threat to public health.
“We are in a situation where restaurants and pubs already open are having to cope with larger crowds. Opening all pubs would allow for better social distancing and reduce the risk of infection.
“Publicans are reeling from this news. They did everything asked of them by remaining shut for over four months and our members had a reasonable expectation the sector would reopen next Monday.
"All other phases went smoothly so to now tell publicans they can’t open like the rest of the hospitality sector makes little sense. This is a decision made by politicians who appear divorced from reality about life in rural Ireland."