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Entertainment & hospitality industry reps criticise Government reopening plans

Oct 20, 2021 13:10 By Shannonside News
Entertainment & hospitality industry reps criticise Government reopening plans Entertainment & hospitality industry reps criticise Government reopening plans
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The plans for this weekend's reopening have been blasted as confusing by many in the entertainment sector.

The Health Minister says pubs and restaurants need to step up, and make sure they're asking for covid certs.

1 in 3 premises are NOT checking that people are vaccinated according to a Department of Health survey.

Use of the certs was supposed to be scrapped this Friday but has now been extended until February.

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Enforcement measures are being discussed at a meeting of the Government's Regulatory Forum this afternoon.

Minister Stephen Donnelly says hospitality businesses assured the public they would operate safely:

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Meanwhile, the last 18 months of the pandemic has irrevocably damaged the traditional rural pub.

That's according to Seamus Hayden, owner of the Down the Hatch pub in Roscommon, who says the newest change to the restrictions leaves him very worried for the future of rural pubs.

Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show this morning, the publican says he won't be reopening his doors this Friday:

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While the co-founder of the Music and Entertainment Association of Ireland has blasted new guidelines announced by the government over the return of live events.

Roscommon native Jackie Conboy says the restrictions on nightclubs and dance halls have done nothing but confuse industry members.

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Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show this morning, the Roscommon man says that the new guidelines are too restrictive:

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