The hospitality sector is being used as a whipping boy for public health messaging.
That's the view of the Galway Vintners Chair Joe Sheridan, who says booking in bars and restaurants took a cliff edge fall ten days ago with the speculation of a return to restrictions.
The owner of Walsh's Bar in Dunmore says that the latest raft of measures imposed upon the sector is another kick to publicans and restauranteurs across the region.
Bars and restaurants must revert to rules in existence prior to October 22nd, meaning it will be table service only, 1 metre distancing between tables and a maximum of six adults per table.
The requirement for a Covid pass will also be extended to hotel bars and restaurants.
Joe Sheridan told Midwest News that the sector needs clarity and supports in the weeks ahead.