IRELANDS restaurant owners are pushing ahead with a legal challenge in a bid to force the Government to allow them to serve indoors at the same time as hotels.
Hotels are set to reopen for normal business from June 2 with pubs and restaurants due to reopen on June 7 but for outdoor service only.
Restaurants Association of Ireland, CEO, Adrian CumminsCredit: Ruth Medjber
Restaurants and pubs must wait until July 5 before they can serve customers indoors.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland claims that only 25 per cent of eateries will reopen for outdoor service with 75 per cent of businesses remaining shut until indoor service is allowed in July.
RAI chief Adrian Cummins said as soon as Health Minister Stephen Donnelly signs the statutory instrument to reopen hotels on June 2 he will take legal action.
He said: We will be heading into the court to challenge that piece of legislation around the discriminatory and unjust nature of it.
“Hotels can open on June 2 for indoor dining and then restaurants, gastropubs and cafes have to wait another full five weeks in the middle of a summer season where every week counts, every day counts for our industry.
We need that cash flow to get us through winter.
This comes as the Indian variant is taking over as the dominant Covid strain in the UK as cases rise across the country, experts have warned.
The number of cases of the Indian variant has doubled in the past week, said Britains Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Clinical epidemiologist Dr Deepti Gurdasani warned: This is highly transmissible – 60 per cent more transmissible than the Kent variant, which is 60 per cent more than the one before that which was 20 per cent more than the original Wuhan variant.