Statement from Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive, VFI:
“Regarding when can pubs reopen our members need answers. At present, there is little hard facts about a possible timeline other than the thoughts of some ministers when asked during interviews.
“We’re asking Minister Simon Harris to meet with representatives of the pub sector to discuss a pathway out of this crisis for our members. Publicans fully understand that public health comes first but they need guidance about what possible timeframe lies ahead.
“Right now, there is an information vacuum, which is being filled with rumour and idle speculation that is only increasing our members’ anxiety.
“We require clarity on the minister’s comments about social distancing, its impact on pubs and when they can reopen. We know this is a major challenge but it’s one that has to be addressed now.”