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Kerry restaurateur accuses NPHET of scapegoating the hospitality sector

Dec 3, 2021 13:12 By radiokerrynews
Kerry restaurateur accuses NPHET of scapegoating the hospitality sector Kerry restaurateur accuses NPHET of scapegoating the hospitality sector
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A Kerry restaurateur says the hospitality sector has been scapegoated by NPHET.

Katie Farrell whose family runs a bar, guesthouse and restaurants in Waterville and Caherdaniel says NPHET's new recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are unfair.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended to Government that there should be further restrictions on opening times for the hospitality sector.

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It's understood NPHET's also advising that people shouldn't be allowed to book multiple tables and that there should be no more than six at a table.

Katie Farrell says HSE data for the last week of November show there were no outbreaks of the virus linked to hospitality.

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HSE data shows that between June 27th and November 27th, there were 94 COVID-19 outbreaks linked to restaurants and cafes, and 56 to pubs.

In contrast, there were 487 linked to family outbreaks in homes, 305 to workplaces, 179 to childcare facilities and a provisional figure of 260 linked to schools.

Katie Farrell says even if the Government reverses cuts to the employment wage subsidy scheme, it won't improve matters for many Kerry businesses.

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