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Pubs that do not serve food will not be allowed to reopen in Dublin as planned next week

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The rising number of new cases in Dublin means pub owners in the Capital will have to wait longer. Stock photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA

The rising number of new cases in Dublin means pub owners in the Capital will have to wait longer. Stock photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA

The rising number of new cases in Dublin means pub owners in the Capital will have to wait longer. Stock photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA

Pubs that do no serve food will not be permitted to open as planned in Dublin next week.

However, so called ‘wet pubs’ elsewhere in the country will be able to serve customers for the first time in six months.

There are serious concerns about the spread of the virus in the capital over recent weeks and the government will tomorrow enforce a National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) recommendation asking that wet pubs in Dublin do not open on September 21.

The leaders of the Government parties are believed to have agreed pubs will not open in Dublin next week. The Cabinet is expected to sign off on the decision tomorrow morning.

The reopening of pubs has been three times delayed and there is growing anger among publicans.

But the rising number of new cases in Dublin means pub owners in the capital will have to wait longer.

Restrictions on the number of people permitted to visit a household will also be introduced in Dublin.

However, the county will not be moved into level three restrictions under the Government’s new plan for living with Covid-19.

Instead, Dubliners will be given another week to reduce the spread of the coronavirus before any further restrictions are implemented.

Under level three of the new plan, people will be asked to stay in the regions and restaurants would be only able to take away or delivery of food.

The Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) said the decision to delay the reopening of pubs in Dublin is "disgraceful".

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"It seems like the Government and Nphet want to just wreck the pub sector in this country," a spokesperson said.

"No consideration has been shown for these businesses who will have had the rug pulled out for from them for the fourth time at very short notice. The publicans, staff, suppliers and families involved will be heartbroken by this development.

"They will now face another indeterminate wait as to when they can reopen and will continue to ask the reasonable question as to why these pubs must remain closed when they have had no role in the current levels of infection in Dublin.

"The Government takes zero action against those parts of society which have caused clusters such as meat factories or direct provision centres yet they continue to punish pubs whose doors they have been kept shut for more than six months by order of the Government. It's hypocrisy writ large and it's the pubs who are paying the price," he added.


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