Hospitality sector needs enhanced supports following indoor dining reopening delay

Dublin Fingal TD and Fine Gael Spokesperson on Climate Action, Alan Farrell, has called for greater supports for the hospitality sector, following Cabinet’s decision to delay the reopening of indoor dining.

Deputy Farrell said, “The hospitality sector has been hit hard since the onset of the pandemic and while positive steps have been taken, in the form of a 9% VAT rate and income supports for employees, as well as a range of grants, I believe that following the decision by Government to delay the reopening of indoor dining, we must now consider further supports to the sector.”

“Businesses require forward planning and clarity as to their position to remain viable, the cost of placing orders to accommodate additional clients adds up and we must be cognizant of the impact this delay in reopening will have of employers and employees.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “This has been a really difficult year for restaurants and bars, the delay to the July 5th reopening, requires us to ensure that supports are in place for these businesses which employ so many in our community and our country.”

“Hospitality is a key sector in our economy, without it, tens of thousands of people will struggle to earn a living. That’s why we must provide further one off supports for the sector.”

“Rebuilding our economy and our society will take time and dedication from Government, extending supports now, in order to adjust to this set-back, will allow the sector to recover quicker in the aftermath of this pandemic.” Deputy Farrell added.