Kerry TD and deputy Government Chief Whip Brendan Griffin says he does not support a delay in the reopening of indoor hospitality.
The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting today to consider its advice on the further easing of COVID 19 restrictions.
It’s thought indoor dining may now be pushed back by two weeks to get more people vaccinated over concerns about the Delta variant.
Deputy Brendan Griffin said it’s extremely frustrating for the hospitality industry.
The Fine Gael TD said a two-week delay in a two-month tourist season is 25% of the season gone.
He also said 40% of the adult population is fully vaccinated and many more have received their first vaccine.
The deputy Government Chief Whip said he sees no logic or scientific basis for delaying the reopening of restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
Deputy Brendan Griffin and Deputy Danny Healy-Rae also called for businesses to be compensated for perishable stock bought based on a July 5th reopening if indoor hospitality is delayed.