Pubs and restaurants will not be able to trade as normal once the six-week lockdown is over in the run up to Christmas as the country will remain at least level 3 until the New
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed bars and restaurants will remain at Level 3 until the end of year and, therefore, will not be able to re-open fully in time for Christmas.
Speaking at a press conference, Mr Donohoe said that even if a move to level 3 before Christmas, it will still create many challenges for the hospitality sector.
“In relation to level 3, that is what we are working to get to, but it is the case that we move to level 3 it will still create many challenges for those in our hospitality sector. But that is why we brought into VAT rate of 9% and it's why will maintain the EWSS up to the 31st of March,” he said.