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Leo Varadkar Warns Pubs And Restaurants To Prepare For Closure Until End Of March

By Jack Saddler

Leo Varadkar Warns Pubs And Restaurants To Prepare For Closure Until End Of March

It’s now viewed as a “probability” that pubs and restaurants won’t open for more than two months.

This week has seen further restrictions introduced in Ireland in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19. And, it’s not good reading for the hospitality industry. [Featured image: Seth Weisfeld, Unsplash].

An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar admitted that it’s likely that these businesses won’t open until late-March. He said if he was running a business he would “be thinking that it’s a probability that I’ll be closed until the end of March”.

He did however, confirm that this situation would be reviewed on January 30. He also said it was hard to gauge how quickly business can resume, despite the progress of the vaccine being rolled out.

“It’s very hard to make predictions and projections. I think any time we do when it comes to Covid there’s about a 50% chance you’re going to be proven wrong and this a virus that has torn up our plans on many occasions.”

At the same briefing, he also told the public to “forget about takeaway pints”, a trade that has become popular since the start of the pandemic, mainly during the summer months.

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