Extreme disappointment has been expressed by the The Restaurants Association of Ireland at the Government’s announcement on Tuesday of the revised plan for Living with Covid.

The Association said extension to existing supports do not go far enough and said that it was unacceptable that no clear path to reopen was outlined and no information given on what metrics will now be used to determine reopening dates for restaurants and hospitality.

Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said: “The sector has been closed almost a year now and has complied with restrictions and lockdowns preventing businesses and employees for being able to work and to earn a living. They are now tiring and running out of money and in need of sight of the end goal.”

He continued: “If we are all in this together why are we; the public, businesses and employees not being informed of the plan for reopening sectors?! What metrics are being used, be they vaccinated people, hospital admissions, the R number?

“What do we all, as a society need to work towards to safely reopen again? Until that day what meaningful supports will be offered to businesses who simply cannot trade and are keeping banks and landlords at bay?”