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13th Apr 2021

Taoiseach gives update on hotels and B&Bs but no projected date for pubs and restaurants

James Fenton

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that the Government will look at reopening hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in June, “depending on progress.”

Speaking at the virtual Hospitality & Tourism Expo today, Mr. Martin said that he was optimistic about possibility of people taking staycations this summer, stating that “towards the end of May, and depending on progress, we will look at the reopening of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in the month of June.”

He added that “we are on the final stretch of this terrible journey. This summer, our businesses and our public services will safely reopen. We will finally be meeting and enjoying the company of friends and family once again.”

Despite this positive outlook, Mr. Martin gave no indication of a date for reopening pubs and restaurants, many of which have been shut since last March. That said, cities such as Dublin are preparing for an “outdoor summer,” with plans already in place to pedestrianise a number of streets in the capital in order to facilitate outdoor dining.

Current Level 5 restrictions are set to be reviewed at the end of April.

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