All pubs and bars, including hotel bars, in Ireland are being asked to close from this evening (Sunday, March 15th) “until at least” March 29th.
The call comes from the government following discussions with the Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) earlier today.
The government is also calling on all members of the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private houses or other venues which “would put other peoples’ health at risk”.
It believes it is important that all pubs are closed in advance of St. Patrick’s Day.
“The government will continue to monitor the situation, including the compliance of all pubs with this request, as well as any further or different measures which might be required in the future.”
“The effectiveness of the guidelines on social distancing in other parts of the hospitality and leisure industry, for example, restaurants and cinemas, will also be kept under review and subject to further consultation with stakeholders in the coming days.”
‘A huge sacrifice’
In a tweet, Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said: “[A] difficult day for staff and businesses, but [the] right thing to do.”
“[A] huge sacrifice being made by many who work in this sector, so, please, let this be a sign to all about how seriously we must take this coronavirus.”