Longford publicans back #SupportNotSympathy campaign

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Dozens of Longford publicans joined in a national social media campaign to highlight the impact that the closure of pubs due to the Covid-19 crisis is having on their businesses, staff and future.

The campaign, with the #SupportNotSympathy hashtag, began trending on Saturday morning.

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Rural pubs have been especially hard hit by the Covid-19 restrictions and the delay in reopening.

The campaign asked people to take a photo outside a closed bar and post it to social media, in a show of solidarity with affected owners.

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In their posts many of the publicans have added a brief synopsis of how the closure of business is affecting their lives.

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