The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) have called for the full and immediate publication of the guidelines for the reopening of pubs, saying the “drip feed” release is sowing confusion throughout the industry, creating more questions than answers.
The representative bodies for pubs throughout the country also questioned why Fáilte Ireland did not release the pub guidelines at the same time as those published for the rest of the hospitality sector.
Speaking this week, Chief Executive of the LVA, Donall O’Keeffe said, "The drip feed release of these guidelines has been handled in a completely arbitrary manner, which is sowing confusion throughout the industry. Pubs who serve food are due to reopen on Monday week, but they still don’t have clarity as to what will be required of them. These businesses need time to get their premises ready, to ensure their pubs are fully compliant while offering a safe and comfortable environment for their customers and staff."
Chief Executive of the VFI, Padraig Cribben added, "This has been a very uncertain time for the industry and instead of having a clear understanding of what will be required we’re left with a lot more questions than answers. It’s almost as if the guidelines are a puzzle which publicans have to try to piece together."