All pubs in Ireland have been asked to close by the Irish Government in a desperate bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus, Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed.
Following a meeting with the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland today (15th March), Mr Harris said that all pubs and bars should close from this evening until at least 29th March.
A Government statement said:
“The LVA and VFI outlined the real difficulty in implementing the published Guidelines on Social Distancing in a public house setting, as pubs are specifically designed to promote social interaction in a situation where alcohol reduces personal inhibitions.
“For the same reason, the Government is also calling on all members of the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private houses or other venues which would put other peoples’ health at risk.
“The Government, having consulted with the Chief Medical Officer, believes that this is an essential public health measure given the reports of reckless behaviour by some members of the public in certain pubs last night.”
The advice to close is also being given to hotels which have bars.
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