Bar One is a multi-award winning  pub/restaurant in Castlebar and prior to the pandemic, owner Mark Cadden employed 30 staff, now he’s down to 16 and concerned that it will be difficult to retain these people due to the uncertainty about when indoor dining and drinking will resume.

He is critical of the government’s communication with businesses like his, and has called for clearer direction now from the top, in the wake of what looks like another serious blow to re-opening as promised, on Monday next.

Bar One has managed to open its doors again with a take-away service, but Mark says today’s news is “soul destroying” for businesses like his, without a realistic option of expanding their services outdoors.

He’s been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley

 

 

 

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