Taoiseach Micheál Martin said yesterday that no decisions have been made yet about reducing restrictions, which means that the hospitality industry still has no indication of a time-frame for a potential summer re-opening. 

Hoteliers are eagerly awaiting an announcement which would allow them to open - at least partially.

A recent survey by the Irish Hotels Federation showed that hotel summer bookings remain at an all time low.

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The IHF survey showed that hotels and guesthouses are reporting booking levels of just 22% for July and 20% for August, which are usually the key summer months.

IHF chief executive Tim Fenn said they expect booking levels will improve when restrictions are lifted.

However, he said in the meantime, businesses need to make plans.