Off-trade Off-licences should be shut says health expert April 6, 2020 Professor of Public Health at Trinity College Dublin Joe Barry has questioned the necessity for off-licences to remain open during the Coronavirus lockdown. “Alcohol is being sold in supermarkets and in petrol stations. I am not sure if we need the off-licences too.” – Professor Joe Barry. “Alcohol is being sold in supermarkets and in petrol stations,” he told the Evening Echo in Cork recently, “I am not sure if we need the off-licences too.” The Fermoy native said that the last thing hospitals need was to face people who’ve suffered severe injuries while drunk. While closing off-licences might be unpopular several unpopular measures have already had to be taken by the Government during the current crisis, he told the Echo. Overconsumption of alcohol was a concern, he stated.