Independent TD, Michael Healy-Rae, has said it is “time for the government to get off the fence and open the hospitality sector fully on July 5th.
However, some sources have indicated that government could push back the planned full return of pubs and restaurants from the planned date of July 5th, due to concerns over the Delta variant.
Open the hospitality sector
The political figure appealed in a video on social media on Thursday, June 24th, 2021.
“This is a very strong message for An Taoiseach and An Tanaiste from the tourism capital of Ireland on behalf of all hotels, cafés, restaurants, public houses and other businesses involved in the hospitality sector.”
“Enough is enough. On July 5th, these businesses expect and want to be allowed to open. The people working in those businesses expect and want to be back at work. Nothing else will be accepted by the Irish people at this time.”
“Their patience is running out. This nonsense that is going on whereby other parts of Europe can have thousands and thousands of people attending a soccer tournament.”
“We have thousands of people gathering in other locations, and at the same time here in Ireland, the people cannot go in off the street and eat their dinner or have a breakfast or have a drink inside, out of the cold, out of the elements.”
“It is ridiculous. So the message from the tourism capital of Ireland to An Taoiseach and An Tanaiste is to get off the fence. The people of Ireland have had enough.”
“It is ridiculous that the customers outside these wonderful businesses ready to accept their visitors and their locals into their hospitality sector that you are thinking about stopping it again next week.”
“Nobody elected NPHET or any member of it. People have had enough. Get off the fence, once and for all and let people get back to work,” Healy-Rae concluded.
From July 5th, subject to public health advice at the time:
- Indoor services can resume;
- Outdoor events: Maximum of 200 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 500 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000;
- Religious ceremonies: First communions, confirmations and baptisms may take place. Related family gatherings should strictly adhere to prevailing public health advice on household mixing. These include visitors to your home and indoor and outdoor dining. Any decision to schedule such ceremonies should take account of the disease situation in the local community
- Indoor training, exercise and dance activities can recommence in pods of up to 6
- Indoor events: Maximum of 200 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 500 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- Weddings: 50 people can attend a wedding celebration or reception
- Visitors to home: You can have visitors from up to 3 other households inside your home