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NI hospitality trade 'hung out to dry' by new coronavirus restrictions

Union appeals for financial support as hospitality sector shuts yet again

There have been pleas for a financial survival package for the hospitality sector as publicans said they feel "hung out to dry" after an order to shut for four weeks.

The hospitality trade - which includes pubs and restaurants - was told by the Executive on Wednesday that it must shut from 6pm on Friday for all services except food takeaway and delivery.

Off-licences and supermarkets will remain open and will still be able to sell alcohol but only until 8pm. Hotels were not mentioned specifically, but reports suggested they will also close.