Drinks Ireland, the Ibec sector representing alcohol drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland has called on the Government to allow pubs reopen “safely” at the start of
December describing the Christmas trading period as “the final lifeline” for many pubs across the country.
The group said it is urging the Government to base decisions around the reopening of the hospitality sector "on evidence, research and data.”
“Pubs are regulated environments, with responsible staff and will play their part in maintaining strict Covid-19 measures, as we saw when they opened earlier this year," they said.
“While Christmas will be completely different this year... pubs will work hard to keep everyone safe, giving customers the opportunity to connect with the people they love, in a place they love.”
Patricia Callan said Drinks Ireland believes “enforcement, rather than restrictions on sales” is the most important measure required to tackle unregulated social gatherings on streets.