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29 May 2022

Rising spread of Omicron forces Longford hospitality businesses to make adjustments

Rising spread of Omicron forces Longford hospitality businesses to make adjustments

The Richmond Inn in Clondra has temporarily closed its restaurant, however, their bar remains open in accordance to government guidelines 12-8pm

The post-Christmas return to work has been dealt another blow this evening following confirmation that two more local hospitality businesses have been impacted due to rising Covid-19 case numbers and resulting close contacts.

The Richmond Inn in Clondra has revealed that the in dining side of its business will be temporarily closed until next week at the earliest after a number of its staff were deemed either close contacts or await the results of PCR tests.

While PVs in Longford town decided to close today and tomorrow (Thursday, January 6) as some of their staff have been deemed close contacts of Covid-19 and are isolating and awaiting PCR results. Depending on PCR results, PVs hope to reopen on Friday at 12 noon.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Richmond Inn said it had been left with little choice but to close for the next number of days.

"Currently we have a number of staff who have been confirmed close contacts and are awaiting PCR tests & results and will have to isolate regardless for a minimum of 5 days," a statement read.

The local firm's bar and licensed trade remains unaffected by the move, however, and it remains open in accordance to government guidelines 12-8pm. 

"So we have decided to keep our restaurant closed till next week at the very least and will keep you all updated. Thanks for your understanding and we wish all those that’s awaiting tests or results a happy and healthy outcome."

Staffing concerns hit Longford businesses as Covid numbers increase

Businesses across Longford are facing staffing shortages as more and more locals test positive for Covid-19 or are isolating due to being close contacts.

PVs stated, "To keep staff and customers safe we have decided to close today and tomorrow and are hopeful depending on PCR results to reopen Friday at 12 with relief staff in place if the need arises. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will be in touch with anyone who has bookings for the coming days to rearrange."

More than 140,000 people nationwide are isolating as confirmed Covid cases, with many more close contacts unable to attend the workplace.

Government leaders have, meanwhile, decided to press ahead with the planned re-opening of schools tomorrow following talks between Education Minister Norma Foley, public health chiefs, education unions and school management bodies yesterday.

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