Mr O’Donovan said a number of establishments have been using savings or reserves to pay bills throughout the ordered closure and he warned these are running out in many instances.
The Cork city Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) chairperson was reacting to the announcement that pubs that do not serve food will not reopen next week on foot of medical advice in relation to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The acting chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said last night: “There has been very significant growth in case numbers.
“They were growing rapidly in early August, much more slowly now, but still growing.
“We felt that we were not in a position to open pubs at this point but we will keep it under review.”
A further 93 cases were confirmed on Thursday evening, bringing the overall total of cases in Ireland to 28,453.