Dublin pub preparing to have COVID-19 restrictions in place for 18 months


Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

12.01 30 Jun 2020


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One Dublin pub group says it's preparing for the possibility of having COVID-19 restrictions in place for the next year and a half.

Yesterday restaurants, cafés and bars serving food re-opened for sit-down customers, having been closed since March.

The Market Bar - a gastro pub and tapas restaurant, located on Fade Street in Dublin city centre - was among the businesses which reopened yesterday.

While the bar is usually a large open area, customermoores tables are now divided up into booths as part of the efforts to ensure safety and social distancing.

Staff, meanwhile, are wearing face masks and visors.

David Moore, Director of Sales and Marketing with the Market Bar Group, spoke to Newstalk's Barry Whyte.

He expects the measures to be in place for a long time.

He said: "We are recovering... it's just a tough time.

"We're going to be trading at a break-even status for a long time. We're at 50-60% of the numbers we probably did before, and it's going to be like that probably for the next 18 months.

"We don't know yet - if we got a vaccine, it could all be alright by January, but that may not be the case. We've taken the long-term view here for at least 18 months."

However, he said the the "modular system" they've put in place for the bar's layout is adaptable if the situation does change.

Main image: Photo of the Market Bar with the new safety measures in place. Picture: Barry Whyte

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