Skelly's Bar is using the time to make renovations and hire extra staff.
One midlands business is using the potential reopening of the hospitality sector as a chance to grow.
Skellys in Ballymahon is hiring a further two staff and will avail of a €4,000 government grant to create a new outdoor dining space.
The Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme will open for applications in two weeks time.
Chef Patrice Silva-Byrne says the current situation is causing them to think outside the box: