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Covid-19 Ireland – Restaurants and pubs will be ‘ready to go’ if Government curfew at 8pm this weekend

Restaurant owners and the public say they are “ready to grow” if the Government decides to lift the 8pm curfew later this week.

The National public health emergency group will meet on Thursday to assess the Covid-19 situation in Ireland before offering advice on easing restrictions to the Government.

Restaurants and pubs must now close at 8pm due to Covid-19 restrictions

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Restaurant Association of Ireland, CEO Adrian Cummins says restaurants will be ready to extend hours if the curfew is lifted this weekend

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Restaurant Association of Ireland, CEO Adrian Cummins says restaurants will be ready to extend hours if the curfew is lifted this weekendCredit: Ruth Medjber

A Department of Health source said the latest data showed the wave of Omicron cases was “decreasing like a hurricane” with all indicators suggesting Ireland had passed its peak of infections.

The Cabinet is likely to meet on Friday to evaluate NPHET’s latest advice and finalize a plan to lift restrictions.

Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly said today that he believes The government will be able to start lifting some of the Covid-19 restrictions before the end of the month – subject to public health advice.

It is understood that the 8pm curfew for pubs and restaurants is one of the top priorities for the listing of restrictions with ministers coming under pressure from backbench TDs to relax regulations. about opening hours as soon as possible.

The reopening is expected to happen in phases with the 8pm curfew likely to be rescinded as soon as next week.

A government source told the Irish Sun that ending the curfew later this week may not be practical as businesses need more than 24 hours’ notice to arrange staff and rotation.

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Another source said the Government did not want to let businesses scramble to extend working hours but claimed any decision would depend on the recommendation of NPHET.

Hospitality figures today tell the Irish Sun they want the curfew in place as soon as possible and businesses can be ready for this weekend.

Irish Restaurant Association chief executive Adrian Cummins said: “We want to get back to normal business hours.

“If they go on Saturday, we are ready to go. Some people can extend their working hours immediately and for others it can take a few days but we like tit-for-tat. We are ready to kick. We want the 8pm rule to disappear immediately. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.”

A hotel industry insider said pubs should have no problem opening after 8pm on one day’s notice if the Government gives the green light this weekend.

They said: “That won’t be a problem for most pubs. They’ll adapt and cope. They’ve adapted throughout the process.”

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