Editorial: Hospitality sector will continue to need support after reopening

The regulations facing pubs add another level of stress for owners, but without them the sector could be facing a second lost summer

Pubs and restuarants can open doors to clients from tomorrow, but some are set to remain with outdoor only service. Picture: RollingNews.ie

When they closed their doors in March 2020 as the country braced for the full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ireland’s publicans could hardly have imagined the full extent of the disruption and hardship they would have to endure.

Back then, the worst case scenario many of them envisaged was losing out on trade over St Patrick’s Day and Easter. To have also missed out on summer, Christmas, another St Patrick’s Day and another Easter ...