Cork city and county’s tourism industry has come together in solidarity following the move to Level 3 restrictions.
Businesses and hotels lit up green on Thursday night as part of the #IrelandGoesGreen initiative to support those who continue to make tourism happen.
Level 3 restrictions has seen hotels restrict services to residents only with bookings from within the county being accepted.
Wet pubs, restaurants, cafés and bars serving food can remain open for takeaway, delivery and outdoor dining to a maximum of 15 people.
Indoor dining is not allowed, leading to the closure of many of Cork’s wet pubs just two weeks after reopening for the first time since March.
Speaking recently to The Echo, General Manager of The Metropole Hotel which lit up green on Thursday, Roger Russell, voiced the concerns of many businesses across Cork who have spent money on their businesses in order to trade safely and called on the Government to take action.
“People have had to spend an awful lot of money to do up their business to be able to trade under the new normal.
“That costs money and eats into people’s capital reserves and there’s no money coming in.
“The Government needs to step up now and provide grants for business so they can survive this pandemic and be able to reopen at the other side of it or be able to trade through it,” he said.