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Hospitality could be ‘first to close’ if further restrictions imposed, according to Bray publican


A DJ at Koo nightclub in Bray.

A DJ at Koo nightclub in Bray.

A DJ at Koo nightclub in Bray.


Hospitality venues could be the “first to close" if further Covid-19 restrictions are introduced, according to a local publican.

John Duggan, who owns and manages the Martello Hotel, the Harbour Bar and other venues in Bray along with his family, said hospitality venues were the “last to open and would be the first to close" if the Government decided to introduce further restrictions due to a recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

“There are worrying stats for case numbers and people in ICU,” he said.

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Mr Duggan said the family-run businesses already had processes in place to manage the changes to Covid-19 public health guidelines introduced last week. These new measures include a 12 a.m. curfew on hospitality businesses.

The family-run hospitality business decided to change the Koo nightclub slightly instead of closing the popular night-time venue at the Martello Hotel.

"Instead of closing the Koo completely, we put in tables and chairs. It’s not a club environment, but there’s still a DJ. People can have a good experience without everyone up dancing.”

Mr Duggan pointed out that the last 18 months had been “tough" and “rough" for the hospitality sector and expressed the hope that health officials would sit down with the industry to discuss any possible further measures.