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The Whole Hospitality Sector Should Open Together From The Start of June Under the Same Regulations. - Tóibín

Hitting out at the continued, illogical discrimination against sectors of the Hospitality sector by government regulations, Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has stated the whole Hospitality sector should open together from the start of June under the same regulations.

An Teachta Tóibín:

“According to the government’s logic, a pint or a meal is safer in a Hotel than in a pub or a restaurant. This is bonkers. On June 2nd Hotels will be allowed to host indoor pints and dining whilst pubs and restaurants will have to pray for good weather to garner some business. This is the farcical nature of the government’s reopening plan. No business should get an advantage over another in reopening. Everyone should operate under the same regulations and science”.

“This is another example of the cliché that “we are all in this together” be shredded. Wet pubs have been closed 400 days – over a year – since the 15th of March 2020. Pubs have been made jump through unnecessary hoops to satisfy government, from the ‘substantial meal’, to €9 spend on food with drink, to requirements to keep receipts for government inspection purposes. No pubs have been able to open, bar for takeaway services, for the entirety of 2021. Now the government is suggesting that half the summer season will be over before these businesses will be able to reopen.”

“This is a sector that employs thousands, contributes millions to our economy, and is a societal lynchpin in rural communities – but they cannot take much more. Onerous government demands only serve to further damage this sector. This is a sector which provides tens of thousands of jobs to young people and contribute billions to our economy. The government should be dedicated to fully revitalising that sector as fast as possible, not further restricting it.”

By Aontú Press | 13 May, 2021

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