The Tanaiste has told publicans that it's 'unlikely' bars will reopen properly in time for Christmas.
In a conference call with 10 business groups last night, Leo Varadkar said the country would likely be on Level 3 restrictions when the country comes out of lockdown.
Level 3 restrictions would also mean indoor dining would be banned, with limits of 15 people outdoors at pubs and restaurants.
CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, says 30 percent of their income is made during Christmas and Level 3 won't work in December.
Restaurants Association of Ireland @RAI_ie is working with the highest level of Government to salvage Christmas for Restaurants
Level 3-Outdoor Dining doesn't work in Dec
Original Living with COVID plan stated Additional Restrictions up to and including no indoor dining
— Adrian Cummins 🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@adriancummins) October 20, 2020