Pubs in Kilkenny to remain closed, possibly until the end of September
Pubs in Kilkenny that do not serve food will not reopen next week and could have to wait until at least the end of September to open their doors.
The announcement was made by the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn who intimated the wet pubs, as they are being called, could remain shut for weeks “at least” as the priority at present is to see the schools system back up and running.
Dr Glynn was responding to a question from Waterford Independent TD Matt Shanahan regarding the re-opening of pubs, at a Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee session in the Dáil yesterday and said pubs reopening was “under review both nationally and on a regional basis.
“As I have said previously, we absolutely recognise the impact this has had on small family businesses around the country and on communities that rely on their local pubs as a key social point of contact for people.
“For the next few weeks at least, our priority has to be the reopening of our education system, ensuring that goes smoothly in the context of a set of measures that are already in place for the country around reducing congregation,” Dr Glynn concluded.