A leading Belfast restaurant owner has criticised the Northern Ireland Executive for its announcement that restaurants will only be able to serve outdoor and takeaway food during the lockdown that began last Friday.
Stormont says the restrictions are to stem the rise in coronavirus cases but Andrea O’Neill, from Buba Belfast and Coppi, says it is “very disappointing news”.
“It is yet another blow to an industry already on its knees. At both Buba and Coppi we have put in place every measure to ensure the absolute safety of our customers and staff.
“These further restrictions, without an adequate financial support package, will put many jobs in danger and businesses at risk of total closure,” says Andrea.
“In the meantime, to try to keep our businesses running and staff employed, we have put together our At Home with Coppi & Buba meals. There’s a three course menu with sides priced at £25pp.
“They are available every weekend for collection and we have now joined forces with another local food business, Halo Healthy Kitchen, to offer a delivery service to all of Northern Ireland for a flat fee of only £4.”