From top: Stag’s Head, Dublin 2; Restaurants Association of Ireland Chief Executive Adrian Cummins
Responding to Nphet’s recommendation of a 5pm curfew…
Restaurants Association of Ireland Chief Executive Adrian Cummins said there needs to be immediate engagement with Government because the industry is in a “very precarious position” with Christmas a number of days away.
It is effectively “a hospitality lockdown” if the recommendation from NPHET is taken on board by Government, he said.
Mr Cummins also said this latest proposal brings into question the Covid digital pass and all the other different measures hospitality has brought in to ensure they keep their businesses open.
Vintners’ Association of Ireland Chairperson Michael O’Donovan said it would have a major impact and said the industry has been fighting very hard all summer and autumn to get their teams back up and running.
“This would be a real hammer blow because it would be closure for many.”
All this for the greater good for a variant with mild symptoms. 100 years on, we’ve gone from freedom fighters to obedient people awaiting rewards or punishment from those with power. #COVID19#Omnicronvariant
Restaurateurs have called on the Government to bring forward the phasing-out of pandemic unemployment payments as they struggle to fill “thousands” of vacancies.
The PUP scheme is to be wound down from September but Adrian Cummins, chief of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said “the Government should bring that forward” in sectors that have fully reopened.
People in two large restaurant groups who spoke on condition of anonymity said there was an acute labour shortage.
“If you want a job in Ireland, it’s there for you. That’s across all levels: management, customer service staff, what have you. It’s very difficult. We just can’t get people to work for us,” said a senior figure in one group who cited PUP as a big problem for the sector.
From top: Dublin’s Thomas House. Thomas Street and Kimchi Korean restaurant.
These posts from Kimchi Hophouse and Thomas House from today are grim. It’s the soulless chain pubs that will survive all this while independent places that make a city different struggle to keep their heads above water. pic.twitter.com/2J6LR6XTk0
Since this is getting a bit of attention you can order online on JustEat etc from Hophouse if you don’t feel comfortable going to a pub at the moment. And Thomas House have a GoFundMe here (anyone who donates will get a pint on reopening apparently): https://t.co/blKnd7sW9k