Padraic McGillycuddy of Tralee's Ballygarry House Hotel has said that he expects that multiple Co. Kerry hotels will shut down as a result of cancellations and the limits that have been placed on events and gatherings.
The Irish Times quotes McGillycuddy as saying, "Most hotels, multiples of hotels, in Kerry are looking at the possibility of shutdown [as a result of drops in business and the restrictions on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak]."
Tens Of Millions Of Euro Being Lost
McGillycuddy said that Kerry hospitality and tourism businesses are losing tens of millions of euro, online booking has halted, and staff cuts and reduced working hours are being implemented.
He stated, "We understand the threat of this virus. But we need guidance, we need leadership."
Meanwhile, Joan Moriarty of The Irish Pub Shop in Killarney commented, "We were tipping away nicely. [Last week], it fell off the cliff."
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