NPHET advises government to open pubs on September 21st

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised the government it is appropriate to open pubs on the 21st of September.

Pubs that don’t serve food will be allowed to open in two weeks with many of the same conditions as those already open.

The government has also been warned that things are on a knife edge in Dublin and Limerick with further restrictions in those counties possible.

The situation will be reviewed later this week.

Minister Simon Harris has said he believes they have made the right decision to open the pubs following clear advice from NPHET.

Gearoid O’Regan, who owns O’Regan’s Pub in Ballyheigue, says it’s great to see a date set for the reopening of pubs – however, he’s still not fully confident that it’ll come to pass.

He says earlier reopening dates have been pushed back, despite the sector being prepared for getting back to business.

Mr O’Regan says, while the news is good for wet-pubs, he’s remaining cautious.