2,500 jobs lost in Dublin pubs since pandemic

The Licensed Vintners Association says things will get worse if all pubs are not allowed to reopen in August.

At least 2,450 jobs have been lost permanently in Dublin pubs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Licensed Vintners Association.

The association fears that further significant job losses may lie ahead, with almost one in three pubs in the Dublin yet to open.

Pubs serving food were permitted to reopen on June 29th, while the remaining pubs are set to reopen on August 10th.

Pubs not serving food had originally been set to resume business on July 20th, but this was pushed back after Taoiseach Micheál Martin decided to delay moving on to phase four of the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Licensed Vintners Association CEO Donall O'Keeffe says it's vital the Government allows all pubs to reopen.

"This will get worse unless we can open all the pubs in Dublin and across the country on August 10th. It's really important for the future of these businesses and their staff that they are allowed reopen safely."