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Huge number of Northern Ireland restaurants to close as social distancing rules sound death-knell for the sector, owner warns Stormont

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Bia Rebel

Bia Rebel

Bia Rebel is co-owned by Brian Donnelly and Jenny Holland

Bia Rebel is co-owned by Brian Donnelly and Jenny Holland

Bia Rebel

Bia Rebel

Bia Rebel

A Belfast restaurant owner has accused Stormont ministers of letting the local hospitality industry die without a fight.

Brian Donnelly said eateries here simply will not be able to cope with the social distancing restrictions being imposed by the Executive and added that a huge number of them will go out of business.

The chef, who co-owns Bia Rebel on Belfast's Ormeau Road with partner Jenny Holland, said that their premises catered for a maximum of 20 people prior to lockdown but will only be able to accommodate four diners if he reopens under the new post-coronavirus rules.