It is 190 days since pubs closed in Ireland due the Covid-19 pandemic. While pubs which serve food were allowed to reopen on June 29th, wet pubs have their reopening date delayed numerous times. Today, they can finally reopen. But, has the damage already been done? How will rural pubs fair in comparison to those in central locations? Will punters return? Or, could cases spike when wet pubs do reopen? Only time will tell.
On Monday's Morning Focus, Gavin Grace spoke to Darragh McAllister, Ennis publican and Clare Chair of the VFI and William Browne from Browne's Pub in Parteen.