Restaurants Association of Ireland today is calling on the Government to permit indoor dining in restaurants as the country exits Level 5 restrictions for the reopening of the economy and society safely this December.
Adrian Cummins CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said: “Restaurants are now imploring on Government to answer this one question, what are we to do?"
Northern Ireland will again shut non-essential retail, pubs and restaurants for two weeks from November 27 to save the health service from becoming swamped. The North was poised to emerge from a limited circuit-breaker lockdown until the number of infections rose to worrying levels.
The Bord Bia Foodservice Seminar took place on-line on Wed 11th November. The session, chaired by Richard Curran, Journalist, Broadcaster & Author included presentations from Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia, Maureen Gahan, Foodservice Specialist, Bord Bia, Professor Stéphane Garelli, Professor Emeritus, University of Lausanne and IMD and Dave Henkes, Senior Principal, Technomic, Inc. The annual Foodservice Market Insights Report and Foodservice Directory are now available to download from the IFSA resources page.
Proposed tourist VAT refund changes threaten 1,200 jobs and risk the loss of €108 million to business, a report published on Monday claims.
Brexit legislation, now going through the Oireachtas, includes a Government proposal to limit VAT refunds to non-EU tourists on goods bought in the Republic to purchases of €175 or more.
Publicans have warned Government they have no interest in opening their bars for Christmas if the State moves from Level 5 to to Level 3 restrictions in December.
Level 3 restricts restaurants, cafes, and bars to takeaways and deliveries and outdoor service to a maximum of 15 people only.
The IFSA BREXIT Briefing took place on 12th November. The session, opened by Robert Troy TD, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, explored the supports available to Foodservice operators as the prepare for the challenges that January 1st will bring. Aspects of the supply chain, logistics and customs clearance systems that will be impacted by BREXIT and the UK perspective on BREXIT and trade policy we also covered.
International travel will become easier to some countries after a Government decision that will allow Covid-19 testing for passengers passing through Dublin Airport within days.
The Cabinet has also agreed that arrivals from EU “red” countries from midnight on November 29th will not have to restrict their movements for the full 14 days if they produce a negative test at least five days after their arrival.
The Covid-19 pandemic will cause the Irish food service market to contract in size by nearly half this year, new estimates from Bord Bia have found.
However, the report predicts that the sector will experience a recovery next year, even in the worst case scenario. The food service market includes food and drink consumed and prepared outside the home in places like restaurants, pubs, hotels, coffee shops, workplace canteens, hospitals, education and from vending.
Diageo has announced the opening of the Raising the Bar Helpline, a dedicated freephone support phoneline for pub owners, their staff and their immediate families affected by the COVID 19 crisis.
The service is available as of 6th November and is being financed as part of the €14m Raising the Bar fund established by Guinness this summer.
Join us on Thursday, 12th November from 9am - 10am for the IFSA BREXIT Briefing, during which we will explore the supports available to Foodservice operators as they prepare for the changes and challenges that January will bring. The session will also look at the aspects of the supply chain, logistics and customs clearance systems that will be impacted by BREXIT and we will get a UK perspective on BREXIT and trade policy along with advice on state supports and training.