Former AIB chief executive and one-time Aer Lingus chairman Tom Mulcahy is permanently closing the landmark Queen’s pub in Dalkey and is believed to be preparing the asset to be put up for sale.
All staff at the south Dublin pub received a letter on Friday morning from Mr Mulcahy to tell them the pub “will not reopen and has ceased trading” and that they will be made redundant on statutory terms. The staff had been laid off since March 16th as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new Fáilte Ireland operating guidelines for hotels released this week will pose specific challenges for Ireland’s 36 five-star properties, which justify their premium rates through attentive guest contact.
For the foreseeable future, room service will instead become tray-left-in-the-corridor service. No more stashes of extra pillows. No spa treatments worth mentioning. Staff will be wearing visors or masks, and restaurants will be at least half empty.
In response to queries and calls for support for their customers from our IFSA members, IFSA and Chef Network have come together to formulate a practical guide specifically aimed at catering businesses as they plan for the official reopening.
The sole aim of this document is to help our members as they, support and advise their food business customers in Ireland on how best to reopen their doors from June 29th 2020 in the safest and most assured way possible for business owners, employees and their customers.
80,000 hospitality jobs could be saved by reducing the two-metre social distancing guideline to one-metre. That is according to Fáilte Ireland which says a distance of one-metre would enable many more businesses to open. It has issued guidelines to the tourism sector on how to prepare to reopen on June 29.
Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Hotel Federation Tim Fenn says reducing the distance would have a significant impact on the sector.
Kerry hotel reports ‘avalanche’ in bookings ahead of tourism industry reopening on June 29th.
Hotels and B&Bs across Ireland have reported a sharp increase in reservations over the weekend following Friday’s announcement that hotels, hostels and restaurants can reopen from June 29th.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday the re-opening of hotels, restaurants, hostels and museums would be brought forward to the end of June as part of phase two of the roadmap to reopening the country.
Dublin City Council has opened applications to businesses for outdoor tables and chairs. In a statement, the council said that all applications would be considered under a number of factors including public health, fire safety and public circulation. The applications have been opened to further facilitate the return of business under Covid-19 social distancing regulations.
aoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that Phase 2 of the lifting of restrictions will go ahead on Monday.
He said we have suffered as a country, we have lost loved ones and changed the way we live our lives, but we are making progress.
"Today I can confirm that it is safe to move to Phase 2 of the plan to reopen our country starting on Monday," Mr Varadkar said.
"I'm also announcing an acceleration of the roadmap," and will now be four phases to reopening the country instead of five. Phase 3 will start on 29 June and Phase 4 on 20 July.
The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) was introduced on 26 March to support the viability of firms and preserve the relationship between the employer and employee, insofar as is possible, by subsidising a portion of the employer wage bill in circumstances where the employer’s business has been negatively impacted by the restrictions that have had to be introduced to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Leading hotel group, Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland (the group), has today announced a new customer commitment charter in preparation for reopening its hotels in the coming weeks.
The charter is in response to the current COVID-19 restrictions, with the group implementing a detailed ‘Stay Safe, Stay Happy’ five-point plan outlining the enhanced measures it is undertaking to ensure the safety of guests, employees and across each of the communities they operate.
Move to one-metre social distancing, with staycations from June 29 - Ireland's Tourism Recovery Taskforce
The Government is being urged to consider a move to one-metre social distancing and to allow people travel beyond 20km of their homes from June 29 to save Ireland's tourism industry.
A delayed reopening of schools, allowing bars and pubs to welcome customers from July 20 and removing the two-week self-isolation period for visitors from "safe" destinations are also being suggested.