Covid-19: Lack of decision on reopening pubs ‘unhelpful’, industry says

The Government’s decision to wait until next week to decide whether pubs should reopen on August 10th is “deeply unhelpful” and “adding real stress” to publicans and staff across the country, the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) has said.

The Cabinet is due to decide on Tuesday whether or not to proceed with phase four of the reopening roadmap.

Phase four would mean pubs which do not serve food could reopen as well as gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors.

On Friday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the number of Covid-19 cases would be monitored “very carefully” over the weekend before te Cabinet made its decision.

Donall O’Keefe, chief executive of the LVA, which represents publicans in Dublin said guidelines for reopening pubs were supposed to be published three weeks ago.

“They were then meant to be published this week. They weren’t. So we now have pubs across the country having to guess if they will be able to open on August 10th and also having to guess what rules will then apply to them,” he said.