Following discussions with the Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), the government has called on all pubs and bars, including hotel bars, in the Republic of Ireland to close from now until March 29 at the earliest to attempt to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The government has also advised the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private houses or other venues which would risk peoples' health.
The LVA and the VFI have both expressed their support for the government's decision and urged all of their members to honour the government's request.
Restaurants And Leisure Venues
Meanwhile, the effectiveness of the guidelines on social distancing in other areas of the hospitality and leisure industries such as restaurants and cinemas is being kept under review and is subject to further consultation with stakeholders in the coming days.
Temple Bar Publicans Statement
The government's call for all pubs to close comes in the wake of a statement issued by Temple Bar publicans that said, "In the interest of public health and following advice from An Garda Síochána and the health authorities, The Temple Bar Company and its members have decided that all pubs and nightclubs in Temple Bar will close their premises voluntarily with immediate effect. And will do so until further advice by the relevant authorities.
"This decision was taken in light of the experiences of members of The Temple Bar Company over the last few days when it proved impossible to follow the public health advice to limit numbers and adequately implement measures to control social distancing. Members of The Temple Bar Company felt it was inappropriate to request the diversion of Garda resources away from more pressing needs.
"As part of the effort to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Temple Bar Company will intensify its disinfecting and power-washing of the streets and public spaces in the Temple Bar area as required."
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