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All pubs around Ireland to shut their doors from Sunday night.

Louise Cantillon
Louise Cantillon

05:50 15 Mar 2020

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The Government has called on all public houses and bars, including hotel bars, to close until at least March 29

It follows discussions with the Licenced Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI).

Minister of Health Simon Harris has urged people to avoid house parties and smaller gatherings.

The Government said: "For the same reason, the Government is also calling on all members of the public not to organise or participate in any parties in private houses or other venues which would put other peoples’ health at risk."

Health Minister Simon Harris called this "an insult" to the efforts of doctors and nurses to contain COVID-19.

The Government believes it is important that all pubs are closed in advance of St Patrick's Day.

The LVA and the VFI both supported this decision and urged all their members to close in line with the Government’s request.



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