Galway restaurants targeted with fake bookings ahead of reopening

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Michelin starred chef and restaurateur JP McMahon has warned that people who disagree with the introduction of vaccine passes for indoor dining are making fake reservations at restaurants.

The owner of Aniar, Tartare and Cava Bodega in Galway City said that he is now asking those calling for bookings to provide their credit card details to protect his restaurants from those who are protesting the vaccine passes.

“Due to the continual threat of fake bookings from people who disagree with the government’s new regulations regarding vaccination for indoor dining, we are asking for credit card details for all booking across the three restaurants,” said JP McMahon, apologising for any inconvenience.

People who have been fully vaccinated will be able to eat and drink indoors from Monday, while those who have not been fully vaccinated will be forced to sit outside.

JP McMahon criticised the measures introduced by the Government, saying that an antigen test should be enough for customers to dine indoors.