Hoteliers have said the Government's decision to delay increasing the size of gatherings until 10 August will put further pressure on the sector, at a time when hotels and wedding venues are struggling to survive.
The President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, said it will put thousands of hospitality jobs at risk.
She called for more clarity around the Phase 4 reopening, including linking the size of a gathering to the capacity of a venue.
She said while she understands the reason for the delay to the final phase of re-opening the country, she is disappointed.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, she said "hitting the pause button" will impact those who have planned gatherings at hotels and wedding venues.
She said around 18,000 wedding couples have had their wedding day affected due to Covid-19 so far this year and she said this announcement will mean "huge anxiety" among that group.
Health and safety has always been the hotel sector's priority as they work in the current environment, she added.
Ms Fitzgerald Kane said the current low capacity in hotels is good for consumers as it means there is plenty of availability around the country for those considering a staycation.
"As it stands only 30% of hotel rooms are booked around the country", she said, adding that at coastal properties that figure is a little higher.