The CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland has called for a "harmonization" of indoor dining guidelines across the island of Ireland.
Indoor dining will re-open in the Republic on Monday and Adrian Cummings says this will "give hope" to sector.
Those who are fully vaccinated, recently recovered from covid, and their children will be allowed to dine indoors in pubs and restaurants.
However, Adrian Cummins urged the government to release re-opening guidelines "as soon as possible" so businesses and customers alike understand what is required.
He also warned that while the sector is on the road to re-opening, it is not "on the road to recovery yet".
There are no restrictions on who can dine indoors in the North, and Adrian Cummings told The Wider View that a "one island solution" would lessen confusion: