Mellets Pub

  • There is a fresh hope for publicans whose businesses have been closed since Mid march, that the government may be considering allowing what’s termed “wet pubs”, pubs that don’t serve food, re-open shortly.

    The Public Health officials are meeting again today and the plight of publicans is among the items likely to be on the agenda.

    It's after Ministers yesterday suggested that the new garda powers to enforce public health laws in pubs, should pave the way for all pubs to re-open.

    Maree Mellet of Mellets Emporium in Swinford is one of the many publicans across the region that is trying to cope with a government enforced closure order for 6 month now, since the outbreak of the pandemic.

    She told Midwest News today that her mental health and the mental health of her staff and patrons are all impacted by the ongoing uncertainty around the situation and she needs a decision from government now.

  • Publican Marie Mellet, of Mellets Pub and Bar Swinford says the government’s decision to pause the opening of pubs is confusing, as she believes it will inevitably lead to more house parties over the next three and a half weeks.

    She, like many other publicans across the region were stocked and ready for re-opening from Monday next, investing in major adaptations to their premises to adhere to social distancing and covid regulations.

    Marie explained to Midwest News today that she had her kegs secured yesterday for Monday's re-opening and she said she is now looking at them today with a level of anger.

    The government, she claims, are treating publicans and patrons like children, for some reason assuming that they cannot behave appropriately.

    She is now pleading for clear guidelines now for pubs to meet covid regulations ahead of the August 10th date.