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Irish Government Might Permit Hotels To Reopen In June

Published on Mar 31 2021 9:29 AM in Hotel tagged: Featured Post / IHF / Irish hotels federation

Irish Government Might Permit Hotels To Reopen In June

The Irish government might permit hotels to reopen in June, depending on the COVID-19 situation at the end of May.

As reported by The Irish Independent, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said on Tuesday March 30, "Towards the end of May, and depending on progress, we will look at the reopening of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in the month of June.

"July and August will see more intensive vaccination and the vast majority of the population will have significant protection against the virus allowing for significant opportunities to re-open even further.

"By being safe now, while significantly ramping up the vaccination programme, we will enjoy much greater freedom later in the summer."

IHF Response

Responding to the news that the government will consider in May allowing hotels to reopen in June, Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) president Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said, "Today's announcement gives an impetus now for our sector to plan for reopening in earnest as part of the survival and recovery of Irish hotels and guesthouses as well as the broader tourism community. We look forward to continuing to engage with the government towards a safe and sustainable reopening."

Travel Within County And Outdoor Visitor Attractions

The government also announced on March 30 that people will be permitted to travel within their county of residence or within 20 kilometres of their homes if crossing county borders from April 12, people from two separate households will be allowed to meet outside in a public space from April 12, outdoor visitor attractions such as zoos and wildlife and cultural sites will be permitted to reopen on April 26, people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to meet indoors from April 26, and the reopening of museums, galleries and libraries will be considered on May 4, which is the date to which the measures announced on March 30 will continue.

No Possible Reopening Date For Restaurants And Pubs Yet

A possible reopening date for restaurants and pubs has not yet been revealed.

© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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