Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.37 12 Jul 2021


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Restaurateur Paul Treyvaud says his industry has been destroyed by Government guidelines for bars and restaurants.

It comes as plans for the partial re-opening of indoor hospitality will be signed off on by Cabinet on Monday evening.

The new laws will allow full vaccinated people, or those recovered from COVID-19, to dine indoors starting sometime next week.

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Unvaccinated children can also be accompanied by both of these groups.

The legislation is also set to expire after three months - with an option for the Oireachtas to extend it.

While a formal date for the re-opening of indoor dining may not be agreed until Tuesday.

But Mr Treyvaud told The Hard Shoulder reports of a 105-minute time limit indoors is not surprising.

"It doesn't surprise me at all when you've a bunch of morons giving advice for the last 18 months.

"Nothing surprises me now at this stage - the only thing is is that it was here last year, and restaurants in general - particularly for the early sitting - would have a two hour basis.

"So I mean 105 sounds very different: the reality is it's an hour and 45 minutes, so it's pretty much the same as last year.

"At this stage, the stuff these guys are coming out with is just so harebrained.

"Between that and the vaccine pass that they've now put a gun to our heads, to say 'If you don't do it lads you can't open until September' - it's just insanity after insanity after insanity.

"They should put us in the room before they come out with these harebrained ideas... they need to put people who own restaurants in the meeting rooms with them.

"I addressed the Oireachtas, and I think it was as if they're jaws were on the ground because it was stuff that they've never heard before."

'Scapegoats and guinea pigs'

Paul says his industry has been destroyed.

"It's a disgrace how they've treated our entire industry - they treated us like scapegoats, and now they're treating us like guinea pigs.

"And how is it that you only have to show this vaccine pass going into a bar or restaurant, and everything else is fine?

"This COVID variant obviously it gets smarter and smarter every time, because it knows if it's a bar or restaurant, it knows if you're staying the night, it know if you were having a €9 meal last year.

"It's just comical as to what they're doing to this industry, it's destroyed.

"Every day I'm talking to bar and restaurant owners and they're gone, bust - they're gone, and some of them don't even realise it yet".

And Mr Treyvaud says it is not up to him, or his staff, to enforce laws.

"We're not law enforcers, nor will we ever be.

"There's a reason why they don't have the balls to ask the Gardaí to do this, or they don't have the balls to ask the HSE to do this.

"They know the answer they're going to get; so 'let's just dump it on the bars and restaurants, let's just put all the onus on them'.

"Not a chance - not a chance am I asking a customer coming in".

Main image: Paul Treyvaud. Picture by: Facebook/Paul Treyvaud

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