Safety of hospitality sector workers questioned by TD

‘Who will police the guidelines’

Sligo News File

A TD has raised concerns about the safety of staff as the hospitality sector throws open its doors to the public.

Independent TD Michael Collins

In comments directed to the Tanaiste Dr. Varadkar, in the Dail  on Thursday Deputy Mick Barry said:

“I was coming into this place this morning and listening to the radio news. The invitation was being put out for 43-year-olds to contact the HSE about arranging vaccination. The next item was about hospitality. It struck me that a majority – probably a vast majority – of people going back to work in hospitality are under the age of 43 and will go back to work unvaccinated. This is at a time the virus is in the community, there is a new variant, which is significantly more infectious, and they are operating on the basis of a lesser social distancing rule now.”

Referencing statements made by a minister of state about Failte Ireland guidelines, he asked Varadkar: “Who will police the guidelines? Who will be on the job to ensure health and safety for our hospitality workers?”