NO NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN MONAGHAN … AS HOTELS, RESTAURANTS AND SOME PUBS RE-OPEN

10 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

There were no new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Co. Monaghan in the past week up as far as Sunday night. Since June 10th there have been only four positive cases. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre statistics showing a total of 538 cases in the county since mid- March were published as a new app was made available to the public for mobile phones to be used for contact tracing.

On Monday, the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, announced that the number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) continues to fall, while more businesses including hotels and restaurants began to reopen with Covid-19 measures in place following the lockdown. But there was a warning from the Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, that the government must put a structure in place with the banks for restaurant owners regarding rents, otherwise there could be “a tsunami of closures”.

He told the special Dáil committee on Covid-19 response: “How does one tell a third-generation family business in the hospitality sector in Monaghan, Waterford, Kilkenny, Dublin, Cork or any other part of Ireland that, through no fault of its own, it must fail because the country and its government did not see the value…

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