The two vintners’ representative bodies also questioned why Fáilte Ireland did not release the pub guidelines at the same time as those published for the rest of the hospitality sector.
Following recent unsubstantiated media reports about what the guidelines will involve, the LVA and the VFI have highlighted some of the questions still to be addressed around the guidelines:
- What are the full guidelines that will apply to pubs who serve food re-opening on the 29thJune?
- What are the full guidelines that will apply to pubs from the 20thJuly, when all other pubs are due to reopen?
- Will the €9 meal requirement be removed for pubs after 20thJuly?
- What contract tracing measures will be required of pubs under these guidelines?
- Why didn’t Fáilte Ireland publish the guidelines for pubs at the same time as those released for restaurants, cafes and the rest of the hospitality sector?
“The drip feed release of these guidelines has been handled in a completely arbitrary manner, which is sowing confusion throughout the industry,” claimed LVA Chief Executive Donall O’Keeffe, “Pubs who serve food are due to reopen on Monday week but they still don’t have clarity as to what will be required of them.
“These businesses need time to get their premises ready, to ensure their pubs are fully compliant while offering a safe and comfortable environment for their customers and staff.
“To avoid any further uncertainty, the guidelines for the industry should be immediately published in full,” he added, “We need to know what will be required of pubs on the 29th of June and what will be required of pubs on the 20th of July, it’s that simple.”
There’s no reason why the publication of the pub guidelines should have been delayed this long,” believes VFI Chief Executive Padraig Cribben. “The absence of the detailed guidelines is generating speculation which will hamper the efforts of pubs getting ready to reopen,” he said, “This has been a very uncertain time for the industry and instead of having a clear understanding of what will be required we’re left with a lot more questions than answers. It’s almost as if the guidelines are a puzzle which publicans have to try to piece together.
“We’re calling on Fáilte Ireland to make the guidelines available so that these 7,000 businesses can make all necessary preparations in time,” he concluded.