Vintners to seek clarity at Government meeting

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) will seek urgent clarity from Government at a meeting later today in light of events since last Thursday’s introduction of guidelines about social distancing for indoor venues.

Padraig Cribben, VFI Chief Executive, says: “Publicans have tried their best to implement social distancing guidelines but for many it’s proved an impossible task. While we fully support the government’s health guidelines our members do require urgent clarity about how to manage the current situation.

“We stand ready to help in any way we can but the government must give us clear and unambiguous instructions that we can pass on to members. Like all small business owners, publicans are worried about the future.

“We hope today will bring some certainty about the immediate future. Business supports are essential if the trade is to make a comeback.”