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(Re)opening ‘hospitality’? July 21, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I’m as one with those complaining about the appropriation of the term hospitality by pubs and restaurants. Who was it on here who noted that hospitality ends at the point where a service is paid for. It’s always worth keeping in mind. But beyond that an RTÉ Morning Ireland interview yesterday with Adrian Cummins of the RAI was perhaps a tad more combative than he might have hoped. He was emphatic at the start that if the sector reopened it must not close again and that we had to ‘learn’ to ‘live with’ the virus. But when asked about the fact many of those working in the pubs and restaurant sector were young and unvaccinated he took refuge in public health advice. Which raises the obvious question, though not one that was asked on the day, whether he would accept public health advice that sought a closing of that sector?

But then, again, as noted previously it tells us something about societal values and objectives to compare and contrast how this issue has consumed political space as against other issues – not least now the fact that education is meant to reopen in what, six or seven weeks, and how that will work in a context of rising numbers due to Delta.


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