The Cornstore Restaurant on Cornmarket Street has been forced to consider hiring security staff to ensure that the closed premises remains safe during Covid-19 after their outdoor seating area was trashed at the weekend.
Taking to social media, the city centre business posted video footage of rubbish strewn across the outdoor seating area, including empty bottles of alcohol and a sleeping bag on the benches.
"It’s despicable and so upsetting for us at this tough time.
"We invested in this wonderful outdoor space to enhance one of the oldest buildings in Cork City so now to add to our financial issues, do we have to look at employing security to make sure our buildings are kept safe in City Centre during this horrific time in all our lives," the business stated.
The popular bar and restaurant has been closed since March 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement issued at the time the business said the early decision to close was to protect staff and customers.
"We followed all measures and guidelines that were given to us by the HSE to￼ protect our team and customers alike.
"Unfortunately, we can no longer take the risk as it’s become clear from the media reports that small parts of the public are not taking this seriously enough.
"So for that reason, we have made the difficult decision to close our doors, this is no longer about business, it is now a matter of trying to protect our families and our community," they said.