Pub owner says some companies have been ‘reckless’ with public health guidelines
A MEATH publican and restaurateur denounced some of his colleagues who he said were “reckless of public health guidelines.”
“Our business has been significantly affected by the 8pm shutdown, but I don’t blame the decision makers, I blame some of my colleagues who have been reckless and reckless with the public health guidelines,” said Dermot McDonnell of the Cross Guns pub. in Castletown.
“Now we are all paying the price,” he said.
Mr McDonnell said business had been badly affected by the 8 p.m. shutdown implemented before Christmas.
“Anyone going out for dinner or even for a few drinks has to be here by six o’clock.”
“Only certain people can come this early. This is suitable for parents with young children, but for couples or groups of friends – that business is gone, ”he said.
“For two reservations, we had one cancellation.
“I wrote to the Vintners Association and expressed my feelings about the tax collectors being reckless and they recognized the problem.
“There are colleagues who have been reckless and reckless and we are all paying the price – and they would be the first to point the finger at the government.
“I think the makers are with their backs to the wall and I think there will be a full lockout – maybe a breaker lockout,” he said.
Meanwhile, tax collectors across the country are predicting a gloomy January.
Caroline Kelly, director of Dolly Mitchell’s in Rossin, Slane said they were kept out over Christmas, but obviously weren’t as busy as usual.
“People don’t normally go out until around 8pm so I think it’s going to be a very difficult month of January and it will shut down a lot of businesses,” she warned.
Slane tax collector Wayne Harding warned that “the real carnage will happen in January.
“It will be a gloomy New Year. When government support wears off, I don’t know how many ads will survive.
“Government backers are paying staff right now. In January and February, if people are only in pubs during rush hour, the outlook is very bleak.
“Christmas business was reasonably good, but in addition to the early shutdown, we were touched by the public health message.
“People have restricted their social contacts and it has decimated the Christmas business,” he said.