Sunday May 31, 2020

Bars and hotels are resigned to play a long waiting game

Irish hostelries and eateries may never be the same again, operating at perhaps 30 per cent capacity with pints pulled by hands clad in disposable gloves

26th April, 2020
Alan Campbell of Bankers Bar, Trinity Street: empty pub ‘heartbreaking’. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Many business owners have come to regard their morning alarm less as a signal that a new working day has begun, and more as a harbinger of the latest difficulties that they suspect await them.

It’s six weeks today since Minister for Health Simon Harris asked the country’s pubs to close. Other businesses followed soon afterwards. For Irish business people that edict seems like aeons ago; a far-removed time when they had a functioning business...

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