“#Ireland’s prime minister calls bar’s boozy brunch antics ‘appalling’”
August 19, 2020 | 2:57pm | Updated August 19, 2020 | 3:11pm
This is supposed to be a bar in Dublin 2 tonight. If accurate, it’s an absolute disgrace and an insult to the efforts and sacrifices of many – pic.twitter.com/11qPECMMA9
— Noel Rock (@NoelRock) August 15, 2020
Scores of maskless customers are seen on video partying at the brunch event at Berlin D2 bar in Dublin on Saturday, the Irish Independent reported.
In one of the clips, an employee is standing on the bar, pouring booze directly into the mouths of customers, as customers dance closely together in defiance of public health recommendations.
Owner Jay Bourke dismissed the scene as “20 seconds of madness” at an otherwise compliant establishment, but added that he was “deeply mortified” by the partying, the outlet reported.
Prime Minister Micheal Martin took a dig at the packed crowd Tuesday as he announced tighter restrictions on the restaurant industry to prevent the spread of the virus.
“This is not just about the appalling behavior we saw in one Dublin bar at the weekend,” Martin said, according to the outlet.
“The evidence is that a large number of people are acting as if the virus is no threat to them, or that it’s okay to take a few more risks,” he added.
The new measures will include a mandatory closing time of 11:30 p.m. for restaurants and cafes, as well as pubs operating as restaurants.
Police will also be given more power to enforce health rules, the Irish Independent said.
“In cases where we have bars that are clearly just not obeying the same guidelines that the vast majority of the country obey, we are moving from recommendation and guidelines to enforcement powers and I think that’s the right thing to do,” Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said.
Ireland has recorded at least 27,000 COVID-19 cases, including at least 1,700 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
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