Prominent Clare Musician Worried About Mental Health Impact Of Enhanced COVID Restrictions

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A prominent Clare musician says he is ‘concerned’ about the mental health-promoting impact of COVID-19 restrictions on people in the profession.

A set of new measures will take effect from midnight.

In the next 12 hours, nightclubs will be closed, and restaurants and bars have had to reduce bookings to no more than six people at a time.

Multiple table reservations at hospitality venues, as well as dance nights, will also be cancelled.

Indoor event capacity will be reduced to 50 percent as well, with those restrictions in place until January 9.

The government has proposed that the measures be implemented amid concerns about increased socialization in the lead-up to Christmas, along with concerns about the Omicron variant.

A publican in East Clare believes the restrictions were set prematurely.

Pat O’Riordan of The Half Barrell in Whitegate says that the norm at his institution has yet to reach anywhere near pre-pandemic levels.

Today, the government is meeting with representatives from the hospitality and events sector.

An announcement is expected tomorrow regarding the restoration of pandemic unemployment payments to those affected.

Ennis-based musician Mike Hanrahan, of Stockton’s Wing, is concerned about the mental toll the latest announcement will take on those in the music industry.

He says artists are being forced to look for alternative work.

A restaurateur at Ennis says pre-planning for a business is now increasingly difficult.

Dermot Fetton of Henry’s Bistro and Wine Bar doesn’t think the state has an “endless pit” of resources to hold on to pandemic support.

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