This Christmas could be the most dangerous time of the year

Despite reports of booming trade in restaurants and retail, research indicates that people are cautious about visiting others at Christmas

Shoppers on Henry Street in Dublin: people are being urged to be careful where they shop and socialise over the festive period Picture:RollingNews

In 2020, the most wonderful time of the year just might also be the most dangerous. A bumper month of business for beleaguered gastropubs, restaurants and hotels is under way, as people eagerly grasp the opportunity to socialise.

Most restaurants are reporting a flurry of bookings that has seen available tables in short supply for all of December, while retailers are reporting a booming trade.

For the more cautious among us, it’s like being handed ...