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Restaurants group to meet with Government to discuss a roadmap for the easing of hospitality Covid-19 restrictions

Restaurants group to meet with Government to discuss a roadmap for the easing of hospitality Covid-19 restrictions

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RESTAURANT reps are calling on the Government to produce a roadmap for the easing of Covid restrictions.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland is set to meet with Government officials on Wednesday to discuss the industry’s guidelines.

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Restaurants Association of Ireland CEO Adrian Cummins is to meet Government officials on Wednesday
Ruth Medjber
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Businesses welcomed customers back indoors on Monday 26 July
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CEO Adrian Cummins believes a clear plan now needs to be devised as the country heads toward 80 per cent of the adult population being vaccinated

He said: “The Restaurants Association of Ireland is calling on the government’s to develop a clear roadmap for the easing of restrictions for indoor hospitality over the next weeks and months ahead, in line with public health, but also in line with the vaccination program also.

“We would like to see the return of normal trading hours as soon as possible, which is causing extra congestion around public transport, especially around the weekends.

“We will be discussing in detail our requests to ease the restrictions that are quite cumbersome on our industry at the moment and calling for a clear roadmap for reductions in the guidelines.”

ROADMAP NEEDED

He added: “The vaccination certification will have to be part of that conversation.

Around 73 per cent of adults in Ireland are now fully vaccinated while 87 per cent have received a first dose.

Indoor dining and drinking resumed for the fully vaccinated on Monday 26 July.

Under the current guidelines, businesses need to have staff at all entrances to check proof of immunity for indoor diners.

There is also a limit on the number of people per table, contact tracing details are required to be collected, and all premises must be clear of all customers by 11.30pm.

 

Cummins said the guidelines are “labour intensive” and “onerous” for businesses.

He added: “The reopening has been very difficult for our industry. It’s very labour intensive. And it’s quite onerous on businesses to operate the current guidelines.

“And while they are in place, we now need to have a clear roadmap to a reduction in the guidelines.”