Coronavirus: Border businesses in lockdown limbo
"The fact is, that front door is closed and I don't know when it's going to open back up again," said Brian McDermott, owner of the Foyle Hotel and Bistro in Moville, County Donegal.
This sentiment rings true for many hospitality businesses on both sides of the border.
Yet, depending on which side of the border your business was placed, your trade either stopped overnight or was waiting to come to a screeching halt.
"Moville is a destination for people in Northern Ireland to escape and all of that has all stopped," said Mr McDermott.
When the Republic of Ireland's lockdown restrictions were implemented, Mr McDermott closed his doors.
But, he said, his customers from Northern Ireland were confused. They were not in lockdown, so why were their bookings cancelled?
"We're watching both sides of the border in terms of a potential return because we take our governance from the Republic of Ireland, but our customer base comes from Northern Ireland," said Mr McDermott.
Business on the border
Like Mr McDermott, the hospitality industry is keeping a keen eye on developments in the south.
A recent Irish Times report said that the Republic's National Public Health Emergency Team is discussing an early stage plan that would see cafes and restaurants reopen by the middle of the summer and people being allowed to travel within Ireland for holidays by late summer.
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