Belfast restaurant The Barking Dog to remain closed due to staff shortages with Covid-19

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A popular Belfast restaurant says it will remain closed until next week after it closes due to Covid-19.

The Barking Dog on Malone Road had postponed its reopening until December 30th after a series of positive cases on its staff after Christmas.

But in an update today, the owner says they still don’t have the staff to work properly.

They said, “Bad news folks, we have made a decision to remain closed until next week. We just don’t have the staff to work properly until more of our team get a proper health certificate.

“First of all, we apologize to everyone who was booked with us for the rest of this week. You will be contacted in due course.

“This is not how we imagined the new year with all of you, but in the current situation these things simply cannot be helped.

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“We are planning to reopen at 12 noon next Wednesday, January 5th, and then to work as usual. Once again we apologize to everyone who wanted to dine with us, this was not an easy decision.”

“Stay safe, puppies. We’ll see each other soon.”

In the meantime, Lough Erne Resort has announced that it will introduce a short-term “breaker” closure due to rising Covid-19 levels in Co Fermanagh.

With immediate effect, all dining facilities and the resort’s spa will be closed to non-residents, while the hotel will be closed to residents from 12:00 on December 30th.

It will only be open to wedding guests on Thursday, December 30th and Friday, December 31st, 2021 while the golf courses will remain open.

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