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Pull of the pint may yet prove lethal amid a new wave of fear

Ciara Kelly


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The publican groups proposed a creation of a ‘Pub Support Package’. Stock picture

The publican groups proposed a creation of a ‘Pub Support Package’. Stock picture

The publican groups proposed a creation of a ‘Pub Support Package’. Stock picture

With this pandemic, the fear comes in waves. We were terrified in the beginning about what it might do to us. Then complacency set in as the numbers stabilised and lockdown dragged on. When we hit June 29, people were ecstatic about getting their hair done and meeting their pals for a meal. Now the fear is back: we've heard stories about Americans taking over Killarney; we've seen throngs having takeaway pints on the streets and exiting parties from houses so tiny yet so full they must be like a Tardis inside.

The R number is being cited now as up to 1.8 and young people account for the majority of the climbing case numbers. So it seems surprising to me, given that increased palpable fear, that publicans would describe themselves as "shocked" that wet pubs - those not functioning as restaurants and serving food - will not be allowed to open on July 20 as was planned. It's absolutely the right call.


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