Hospitality businesses have a growing expectation that the re-opening of the sector will not begin until after Easter at the earliest.
Representatives from the hospitality sector met a number of Government ministers and were left with the sense that the easing of restrictions will take longer than previously expected.
The current restrictions are due to be reviewed on 30 January and a sector-specific approach to reopening the economy is now favoured with the initial focus on construction followed by non-essential retail.
The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, and Minister for Enterprise, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Tourism, Catherine Martin (pictured), met with representatives from the hospitality and tourism sectors.
While the ministers were careful not to give any specific timelines for reopening, representatives were left with no expectation that they will reopen at the end of March with many expecting a re-opening closer to the summer.