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Cork bingo hall to stay shut over use of COVID Certs

Damien Sreenan says they changed their mind when it was confirmed vaccine certs would still be used
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

08.49 21 Oct 2021


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Cork bingo hall to stay shut over use of COVID Certs


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

08.49 21 Oct 2021


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One bingo hall owner in Cork says he will not open his doors to customers, as he does not want to treat unvaccinated people differently.

Damien Sreenan from Sunbeam Bingo says they had been preparing to re-open on October 22nd, but changed their mind when it was confirmed that vaccine certificates would still have to be used.

He told Newstalk Breakfast: "We just want our customers to be treated equally at the end of the day.

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"We planned and planned - we were going to open in July and then September with certs and we said we'd hold off.

"We've got people who are unvaccinated through their own choices, or some reasons that they have.

"So we said we wouldn't ask for vaccine certs, we couldn't open until then.

"So we geared up for October 22nd.... and we decided, when the news came out the other day - absolutely devastating - that we would stick to our guns and we just don't want to treat people unequally."

He says some customers contacted him who had mixed vaccination status.

"We've got families there who one person might not be vaccinated, but that means the whole family will have to leave.

"Plus the fact that if you bring in a COVID Cert, it doesn't mean you don't have COVID you can still carry it."

Host Shane Coleman pointed out that the vaccine is used as a protection against the virus, and prevents people from developing severe symptoms.

To this, Damien says: "Those 9% or those 8% who are not vaccinated, they're not going to be vaccinated - they've made the decision they're not going to be vaccinated."

But he acknowledges his decision is creating division.

"I can see a divide happening - even some of our customers were complaining 'Oh, that's not fair - we're vaccinated, why not let us in?'

"I think the Government are after deflecting the fact that they could have done much more over the last 20 months.

"It looks like now they're trying just to push the blame on to the unvaccinated people".

Cork bingo hall to stay shut over use of COVID Certs

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