NATIONAL: No medical or public health reason to keep restaurants and cafes restricted if Hotels reopen

Government announcement has divided the Hospitality Industry

NATIONAL: No medical or public health reason to keep restaurants  and cafes restricted if Hotels reopen

NATIONAL: No medical or public health reason to keep restaurants and cafes restricted if Hotels reopen.

Hotel and guesthouse Restaurants will be permitted to operate as normal for residents by offering indoor dining options from, Thursday, June 2.

However, independent restaurants, coffee shops and gastro pubs have been restricted to outdoor dining only from June 7.

Commenting on the disparity, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said: “We are calling on the Government to publish the Medical and Scientific evidence deeming a Hotel or Guesthouse Restaurant safer than an independent restaurant, coffee shop or gastro pub. 

"Restaurants, hotels, cafes and gastropubs have all followed and implemented the exact same safety protocols for diners since June of last year. I want to be clear, if the medical advisors have decided it is now safe for indoor dining then Hotels should reopen, what we are asking for is Indoor Dining Equality and to reopen at the same time!

"The decision to divide Hotel restaurants and independent restaurants into two categories is an anti-competitive, inequitable decision and without medical, scientific or public health rationale. This also prohibits independent restaurant owners from functioning viably over the summertime and in fact prohibits the re-employment of approx. 110,000 workers.

"Over the last year independent restaurants, coffee shops or gastro pubs have introduced extensive Failte Ireland Guidelines and health and safety measures, relating to the training of staff, operation and layout of their facilities including social distancing and sanitisation.

"The Restaurants Association of Ireland is calling for a fair and equitable solution by allowing all independent restaurants, coffee shops or gastro pubs to reopen alongside Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurants," concluded Adrian Cummins.

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