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'positive case' Wexford restaurateur who vowed to fight vaccine passes in court closes temporarily due to Covid case

"In light of a positive case, we will remain closed as we take staff and customers health seriously,” the post read. “We are contacting everyone by phone with reservations."

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The Forge Restaurant & Pizzeria in Castlebridge.

The Forge Restaurant & Pizzeria in Castlebridge.

The Forge Restaurant & Pizzeria in Castlebridge.

A Wexford restaurateur who started a €100,000 fundraiser online to fight against government requirements to seek vaccination passes from customers, has announced that his premises is now temporarily closed due to a confirmed case of Covid-19.

The owner of The Forge Restaurant and Pizzeria in Castlebridge, near Wexford Town, Luigi Perri started an online campaign, which has already seen in excess of €16,000 donated in a bid to help him fight the HSE in court over the vaccine pass requirements for those dining indoors.

He stated: “We are fighting for our rights to be free. We don't ask for the green pass and want to keep doing what we love (work at our restaurant). The HSE is bringing us to court and your support will help us to keep going.”

Mr Perri has widely criticised what he refers to as “the Nazi pass” on the restaurant’s social media channels and dismissed it as “discrimination” and “dictatorship”.

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Owners of The Forge Restaurant & Pizzeria in Castlebridge, Luigi and Lucia Perri.

Owners of The Forge Restaurant & Pizzeria in Castlebridge, Luigi and Lucia Perri.

Owners of The Forge Restaurant & Pizzeria in Castlebridge, Luigi and Lucia Perri.

The restaurant was reportedly visited a number of times by HSE inspectors for refusing to ask for vaccine passes from customers.

However, on Sunday, a post signed by Mr Perri and his wife Lucia, stated that the restaurant would be forced to close temporarily following a confirmed Covid case.

"In light of a positive case, we will remain closed as we take staff and customers health seriously,” the post read. “We are contacting everyone by phone with reservations.

"We hope to see everyone soon when it is safe to do so. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for understanding.”

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