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Cheers to that Pub owner 'ready to trade’ this weekend if 8pm Covid-19 curfew is lifted

It comes as Leo Varadkar has proposed March 31st as the end of Covid restrictions

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The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) have said that pubs across the country would be ready to trade this weekend if they were given the green light from the government.

A spokesperson for the organisation said that Dublin vintners want to see the night time sector fully reopening and removal of all hospitality restrictions following shortly afterwards.

“Pubs throughout the country would make every effort to provide later trading this weekend if they were given the green light by the Government.”

“With NPHET expected to provide recommendations to the Government on Thursday and indications the Government may make an announcement on Friday, the Dublin vintners are seeking the resumption of trading until midnight to return at the earliest possible opportunity and believe the sector will be able to adapt at short notice.”

Publican and general manager of the Sandyford House Dan Foley told sundayworld.com they’re ready for the weekend should restrictions be lifted.

“We have all the necessary precautions in place."

“We have been very lucky throughout the pandemic in that we were able to trade at some level,” he added.

“We are very grateful for all the support from the local community and we look forward to seeing them back through the doors again.”

It comes as Minister Eamon Ryan said that the 8pm curfew on the hospitality sector would be one of the first restrictions to be lifted.

"Towards the end of next week, I expect we will see the start of restrictions being lifted. The timeline the Tánaiste said yesterday makes sense,” he told RTE this morning.

"I'm hoping to see the 8pm curfew coming to an end. I think we need to start bringing our social life back.”

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“That's important for our health and welfare. I think the likes of our sporting and cultural events, our artistic events - it makes sense to bring them back. In my mind, it's important that people who are working from home have the chance to get back into an office.”

"Young people have missed out on that socialisation," he said.

The LVA have also said that they would like to see the Government outline plans which allow for the reopening of late bars and nightclubs, as well as the removal of all other hospitality restrictions, follow very shortly afterwards.

“Various public health experts and senior representatives of the Government are indicating that the country has entered a new stage of the pandemic, so we are hopeful there will be good news for the reopening of hospitality in the coming days,” said Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA.

“We would like to see the Government moving swiftly and allowing for the recovery of hospitality to begin as soon as possible.

“In light of the more positive outlook we would certainly support the return to opening until midnight from as early as this weekend. We know that is what pubs throughout the country would like to see and they would make every effort to be ready if they were given the green light by the Government.”

“Certainly the industry has had to shut down at very short notice on several occasions during the pandemic, so many would like the opportunity to adjust to good news in just as short a timeframe.”

“We also hope the Government will be able to outline their expected plans for the removal of the other restrictions on the hospitality sector,” he added.

“If improvements in the public health environment are progressing as quickly as it seems, then we don’t see why the reopening of late bars, nightclubs and live entertainment can’t follow shortly afterwards, along with the removal of the other restrictions applied to the hospitality sector.”

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