A Mayo hotelier is calling on the Government to provide financial relief to tourist towns hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Darren Madden is the owner of the Clew Bay Hotel and he has made the call as the wider hospitality sector prepares to slowly exit Covid restrictions.

As Mayo Chairman of the Irish Hotels Federation, he welcomed Failte Ireland publishing their guidelines for the safe re-opening of the tourism and hospitality sector today.

Mr Madden alluded to the fact that the two-meter distancing rule was still a concern to bars and restaurants, but he claims that it is less of a issue to bigger hospitality provides like hotels.

The Hotelier is calling on the Government to consider the financial impact on tourist-centric towns like Westport when they look at supports for regions and businesses in the wake of the pandemic.

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