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Hairdresser David Finn

Hairdresser David Finn

Hairdresser David Finn

David Finn is among business owners who are calling on the Government to clear up the uncertainty around reopening dates.

Mr Finn, a hairdresser, owns the Style Bar in Portlaoise, Co Laois and said he would prefer to know now if the current lockdown is going to be extended.

He was responding to comments by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar who said: "If I was running a business now, I would be thinking it's a probability that I'll be closed until the end of March."

Mr Varadkar added the situation will be reviewed at the end of January.

Mr Finn said alerting businesses to a later reopening at this point could save them money: "You might be able to get rebate from insurance because you can negotiate that now in advance."

He does not have an issue with the current restrictions but is anxious to know what will happen beyond the end of January.

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"It has been stop-start and when we got going in December, I think a lot of us thought that was going to be the end of the lockdown for a couple of months," he said.

"There are costs involved with reopening so the more that happens the less inclined you are to be planning now for the end of January, when you don't know if that is going to be the case."

Mr Finn, who employs 18 people, said his business needs a time frame to fill or cancel appointments.

"So if people are booked in for February, do we need to cancel them?

"Likewise, if we knew we were reopening in March we would start opening up appointments books for that time but at the moment we can do neither."

Mr Finn said businesses have ongoing costs, even when they are shut.

"We have an online booking system. We pay a couple of hundred euro a month for it."


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