In an interview with RTE, Adrian Cummins stated that he believed that 25% of bars and restaurants won’t reopen straight away following the relaxation of indoor dining rules which are due to be lightened tomorrow.
Speaking on RTÉ’s The Business, Mr Cummins said he estimates 25% of businesses are unwilling to operate under the current guidelines.
During the interview, Mr Cummins said “That is my gut feeling based on listening to businesses. We don’t have enough staff and we have to make sure we source as many as possible for our sector. What we need to do now is get our doors open from Monday and then look at how the operation of this new regime is in flow, and then we may have to go back to the Government to streamline what it is there to make it more operational for our industry. We are moving in the right direction but need to make sure it’s streamlined into the future”.
This makes for worrying news for businesses around Tipperary. As many businesses are aiming to reopen, the harsh reality is that for many, its not feasible, as they cannot afford, nor facilitate the additional staff required.
As the Tipperary economy is slowing showing green shoots with the staggered reopening, it is important that we support those businesses that do open. By booking a meal, you are supporting countless local jobs. Now more than ever, these businesses in Tipperary need our support