Reopening indoor hospitality – VFI statement

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A further round of productive talks between the hospitality sector and senior Government officials concluded this evening as Cabinet looks set to confirm next Monday 26th July as the reopening date for indoor trading.

According to Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) Chief Executive Padraig Cribben, guidelines that will allow pubs reopen on Monday are almost complete.

“We have made steady progress in devising guidelines that will allow our members open on Monday. There remains details to be finalised but the removal of time limits will be welcomed by the trade.

“Confirmation of next Monday’s reopening will be made at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting but guidelines cannot be finalised until the legislation underpinning the reopening is signed by the President over the coming days.

“While our members will be relieved to reopen next Monday there remains a significant challenge in policing the vaccine pass. It will require the full support of the public to ensure this temporary solution runs smoothly,” concludes Mr Cribben.

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