Waterford TD speaks up for shut pubs in Dáil but hears they will not reopen for weeks
Pubs in Waterford that do not serve food will not reopen next week and could have to wait until at least the end of September to open their doors.
Waterford Independent TD Matt Shanahan raised the issue in the Dáil yesterday but heard there is no intention of reopening pubs in the coming weeks.
The announcement was made by the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn who intimated the wet pubs, as they are being called, could remain shut for weeks “at least” as the priority at present is to see the schools system back up and running.
Dr Glynn was responding to a question from Deputy Shananhan regarding the re-opening of pubs, at a Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee session in the Dáil yesterday and said pubs reopening was “under review both nationally and on a regional basis.
“As I have said previously, we absolutely recognise the impact this has had on small family businesses around the country and on communities that rely on their local pubs as a key social point of contact for people.
“For the next few weeks at least, our priority has to be the reopening of our education system, ensuring that goes smoothly in the context of a set of measures that are already in place for the country around reducing congregation,” Dr Glynn concluded.