The Irish Government has issued a directive for the closure of all pubs and bars…
The directive comes amidst the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Schools, universities and childcare centres were closed on Thursday in what seemed like a proactive approach at the time. Considering the extremity of the cases in Italy, Germany and Spain, many applauded the approach.
Backlash came due to Government’s reluctance to issue more directives. The HSE issued advice stating that indoor gatherings of no more than 100 people be allowed.
Unfortunately, many people failed to listen. The pubs and nightclubs remained open on Friday and Saturday night.
Now, the Irish Government has issued a directive for the closure of all pubs and bars until 29 March. A number of pubs across the country had already taken the initiative to shut the doors to their businesses.
At the time of writing, other businesses remain open.
Ahead of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, this will be a huge hit to local businesses and pubs. However, with the extremity of the outbreak and with cases spreading exponentially across the island, this is the correct call.