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Pubs 'happy to continue working' with vaccine certs - LVA

NPHET is meeting later to discuss the next stage of easing restrictions.
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09.05 18 Oct 2021


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Pubs 'happy to continue working' with vaccine certs - LVA


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

09.05 18 Oct 2021


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The head of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) says his group is 'perfectly happy' to continue to use vaccination certificates.

Donall O'Keeffe was speaking as the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) meets to consider its advice on this Friday's planned re-opening.

Almost all restrictions are due to be eased later this week - however, a recent rise in case numbers has led to concerns some will remain in place.

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The key issues under consideration are the re-opening of nightclubs, the continued use of COVID-19 Certs in bars and restaurants and a return to normal opening hours.

On Newstalk Breakfast Mr O'Keeffe questioned if a national vaccine rate of 92% is not good enough, then what would be.

"We have 92% of the adult population vaccinated, we are working with COVID Certs that limit indoor hospitality to those that are fully vaccinated.

"So if 100% of our customers are vaccinated, if our late bars and our nightclubs are closed - 585 days - then surely is now time to move on.

"If not now, then when? And if a vaccination rate of 92% is not sufficient then what is?"

He says the vaccine programme has been a big success, which was dependent on the economy fully re-opening.

"We see late bars and nightclubs open across the water and internationally.

"We have been following the public health advice closely, the vaccine rollout has been a tremendous success.

"The re-opening of the economy was dependent on that, and it's now well time that our sector finally fully opens."

And Mr O'Keeffe says his members would be willing to keep working with vaccine certs, providing all other measures were removed.

"We had understood all along that the COVID Certs were going to be a temporary phenomenon.

"That said we have been working with them for a number of months now, and certainly are very happy to continue to work with them - on the assumption that once we admit only vaccinated customers the other restrictions are gone".

And he adds that any discussion around the use of antigen testing for the sector is up to health experts.

"Clearly the antigen testing position will be dictated by the expert advice from the review group that are looking at that.

"And whatever that turns out to be we will have to deal with it.

"But at the minute, it's our hope that we will be able to trade without any further restrictions - other than the use of COVID Certs - and we're perfectly happy to continue to use those".

Main image: Barman filling a glass with beer in December 2017. Picture by: Hakan Tanak / Alamy Stock Photo

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