Irish hospitality may be closed until end of March - Irish deputy PM

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News conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Bars and restaurants in Ireland must recognise that they are likely to remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions until the end of March, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

"If I was running a business now, I would be thinking that it's a probability that I'll be closed until the end of March," Varadkar said when asked about bars and restaurants.

Current public health measures are due to be reviewed at the end of January, but Varadkar said the country was not going to be "out of the woods" by then.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Gareth Jones)