Health Minister Simon Harris’s comments suggesting pubs will not be able to reopen this year were premature and have caused huge uncertainty within the sector that employs thousands of people in Wexford, according to Independent TD Verona Murphy.
Deputy Murphy said:
“Publicans and hoteliers are very frustrated; Simon Harris’s comments are premature. We can’t tell if pubs or schools can re-open until such time as the Public Health Doctors have contemporaneous testing data to underpin and inform any decision in this regard.”
“The government needs to outline a road map for the industry that makes clear the circumstances that need to be present for the pub and tourist industry to re-open”
“Definitive commentary on the reopening of any business and the circumstances in which they may do so is premature. We should only have regard for advice from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan.”
“I cannot stress enough the need for this government to get its act together with the testing regime and only when people are tested and get their results within 48 hours can we start to deal with living with the virus and commence normal commerce again”
Deputy Murphy concluded
“Social distancing means pubs can’t continue to operate as they traditionally did, but that is not to say that they will not be able to open albeit with restrictions”