Restaurant and pub bodies condem Dublin bar for appearing to flout Covid-19 rules

The chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland has described as “deplorable and despicable” scenes from a Dublin bar which appeared to contravene coronavirus guidelines.

Videos shared on social media claim to show a brunch event which took place at Berlin D2 on Dame Lane in Dublin’s south inner city on Saturday afternoon. Customers are shown crowding around a bar as a man dancing on the bar, while wearing a mask, pours drink into their mouths.

Restaurants association chief executive Adrian Cummins said the scenes were a “slap in the face” to hospitality businesses that were adhering to Covid-19 guidelines.

“The scenes inside this bar were deplorable and despicable. It is a slap in the face to front line workers and a slap in the face to businesses in the hospitality sector who are adhering to the guidelines.”

Gardaí needed to take action against businesses who were not complying with the rules Mr Cummins said.