Covid-19’s dining dilemma: ‘It’s a Hobson’s Choice’

Six reopening scenarios were discussed by hospitality figures and the government, but it came down to two options: do it Nphet’s way, or stay closed until September

People enjoying food and drink outside Davy Byrnes pub in Dublin last week. Picture: Getty

The shock, anger and frustration that had gripped the hospitality industry since the news emerged that indoor dining and drinking would not reopen on July 5 subsided on Thursday, when the choice became clear: take it or leave it.

Either the industry could limit its indoor seating to vaccinated patrons and those recovered from Covid-19, or remain shut until September.

“It’s a Hobson’s Choice,” one attendee of the crunch talks held between industry and government ...