The Government's decision not to allow all pubs to reopen next Monday is a knockout blow for rural publicans - that's according to the Mayo Chair of the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

The Government last night agreed to delay the move to Phase 4 of the reopening  of the country, as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise.

It means pubs and hotel bars not serving food, along with nightclubs and casinos will remain closed - and the decision will be reviewed again in three weeks.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin says he knows the decision will come as a disappointment to many businesses, but says it's vital we continue to take a cautious approach.

However, Achill-based bar and restaurant owner Alan Gielty says it's not fair that rural pubs are being treated in the same way as city pubs, when it comes to the risk of spreading the virus.

The Mayo chairman of the VFI told Midwest News that the decision is a knockout blow for rural pubs.....


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