Just 10% of restaurants in Ireland remain open.
According to the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI), the ongoing coronavirus crisis has put 120,000 jobs in jeopardy in the coming months, with nine in ten eateries facing permanent closure.
This morning, the organisation unveiled its nine-point Covid-19 Crisis Recovery Plan for the sector, calling for immediate supports including a 0% VAT rate for tourism and hospitality for 12 months after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, a Government supplement for rent payments, grants to help with liquidity issues and cancellation of all banking fees until a vaccine for the virus becomes available.
Echoing the call made by Cork Business Association in recent days, the RAI, which represents more than 3,000 business owners in the food and hospitality industry, is also asking for commercial rates to be written off while businesses find a way to recover.
“Our plan, which is the only viable solution for restaurants, is on the desks of Ministers & Departments.”
The 9-point plan aims to help save and recover the restaurant industry. https://t.co/apJytEdHzh
— Restaurants Association of Ireland (@RAI_ie) April 27, 2020
“Our plan which is the only viable solution for restaurants is on the desks of ministers and departments,” said RAI CEO Adrian Cummins.
“We are seeking urgent action to save and recover our industry as nine out of 10 restaurants face permanent closure in the months ahead without urgent action”.
The RAI plan also recommends that licences for outdoor tables should be waived in order to help restaurants to comply with social distancing rules once the lockdown restrictions are lifted.