Businesses on Covid-19: ‘We think the pandemic is probably beaten, but even if it isn’t, we don’t think we’re going to close again’

Publicans, restaurateurs and gym owners are ready for tomorrow’s reopening, but concerns about staffing and spending patterns remain

5th June, 2021
Businesses on Covid-19: ‘We think the pandemic is probably beaten, but even if it isn’t, we don’t think we’re going to close again’
Kevin Nugent, owner of Tribe Hospitality: ’If you talked to me this time last year as we were reopening back then after the first lockdown, I would have said the worst is behind us. Unfortunately, it wasn't.’ Picture: Andrew Dowens, Xposure

There was a particular moment last January, just when it started to become clear how long the third lockdown would last, that Kevin Nugent will never forget.

The owner of Tribe Hospitality, who runs a collection of cafés in Galway, was on a call with his senior staff. They were updating him on how trade was going in each property. One particular café, which would normally take in €3,000 a day, was significantly down. It...

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