Drinks Ireland has said it welcomes the Government's recent announcement on easing COVID-19 restrictions.
In a statement, Patricia Callan, director of Drinks Ireland, which represents drinks manufacturers and suppliers said, “We welcome today’s announcement from Government, as vitally important and timely clarity for our industry and the wider economy."
Callan noted that while the plan says there will be no changes to the current arrangements in the hospitality sector ahead of October 22, Drinks Ireland would call for consideration to be given to relaxing some of these measures ahead of that date.
"As vaccinations will continue to be necessary to enter venues between now and October 22nd, there is scope to allow for increased capacity in venues, removing social distancing requirements, and allowing activities that are prohibited like ordering and sitting at the bar counter. Additionally, we would call for the 11.30pm closure time to be extended," she said.
“We welcome the return of live music in pubs, and the return of organised indoor and outdoor events from September 6th. The arts and cultural sector has been hard hit by the pandemic, and is a vital part of Ireland’s Experience Economy, in which our sector also operates,” Callan added.