As restaurants and other food businesses prepare for the reopening of indoor dining, in line with public safety advice, a number of local outlets have made the decision to wait until such time as all their staff have had the opportunity to get Covid-19 vaccines.
The question of unvaccinated staff serving vaccinated patrons has been a controversial one, affecting predominantly young service-industry employees, most of whom have had to wait until last week to book their vaccine appointments.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Cork publican Benny McCabe of the Cork Heritage Pubs trail, including the Crane Lane Theatre and the shortly-reopening Pavilion said: “We have taken a view for some time now that it is unfair to have unvaccinated staff serving people indoors, and yet they can’t have a pint themselves in another pub.
“As the portal for 18-to-24-year-olds is now open, we will wait a while longer to reopen our pubs indoors and will continue with outdoor service.
“Nearly there”, he concluded.
The Bulman bar and restaurant in Kinsale has made a similar announcement via Twitter today, citing the health and protection of its younger staff as a factor of keeping diners outdoors until further notice.
it looks like very soon we will have the option to open inside to fully vaccinated people. While our hard working and brilliant young workforce remain unvaccinated we at the Bulman have decided to remain as an outdoor dining and drinks venue until further notice. Thank you ? pic.twitter.com/11BwDwoewx
— The Bulman bar and restaurant kinsale (@TheBulmanBar) July 20, 2021
Indoor dining is slated to resume on Monday, July 26, for those that have been fully vaccinated – although it’s advised to phone your favourite eatery ahead to find out if they’re reopening fully.