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Open to all Dublin cafe vows to 'not discriminate' against unvaccinated customers after rule change

'East Road Cafe will NOT discriminate against any of its customers'

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A Dublin café has said it will not implement a Government proposal to restrict indoor dining to those who are fully vaccinated.

The popular dining spot, East Road Cafe, has declared that will open indoor dining to all customers, irrespective of their vaccine status.

"In light of the governments recent announcement, East Road Cafe will NOT discriminate against any of its customers," they said on social media.

"We stand 100% for inclusivity and equality. East Road Cafe is open to all."

Fans have reacted to the post with messages of support including, “well done guys”, “next time I'm in the area - I know a spot for a coffee” and “Amazing!”.

Indoor dining was originally scheduled to recommence on July 5 but due to the prevalence of the Delta variant, has been delayed by at least two weeks.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed that when it does get the go ahead it will be limited to people who have been fully vaccinated.

The government's announcement has been backed by NPHET but has received a backlash among restaurant owners and vintners alike.

CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said yesterday that the proposed rules "make no sense."

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Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

“Restaurant, pub and café owners will now be placed in the unenviable, complex and difficult position of allowing vaccinated customers enter indoors and restricting non vaccinated customers to outdoor dining," he said.

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"Such a practice of refusing access to goods and services in currently illegal under equality acts. The hospitality sector contains a diverse range of workers by age with front of house mostly the unvaccinated age groups, who will now be asked to refuse access to their peers?

Speaking this morning, the Tánaiste has claimed a new 'corona-pass' potentially means “never having to lock down again."

Leo Varadkar was speaking in relation to a controversial proposal to only allow fully vaccinated people or those who've recovered from Covid-19 to dine indoors.

He told Newstalk Breakfast that the only options available to the Government were to develop a "corona-pass" or keep indoor activities closed until the country reaches herd immunity.

Mr Varadkar and other ministers are meeting with the hospitality industry later today, following the Cabinet decision to delay reopening by at least two weeks.

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