The VFI is calling for the sale of alcohol at off-licences and supermarkets to be temporarily banned.
A midlands publican says 65% of pubs are facing closure by the end of the year.
Seán Corrigan from Corrigan's Bar in Banagher is renewing the appeal for support, not sympathy - after health officials announced pubs will not re-open on Monday.
A survey by the Vintners' Federation Ireland shows publicans are in need of financial support in order to stay viable.
The VFI is now calling for the sale of alcohol at off-licences and supermarkets to be temporarily banned.
Mr. Corrigan says pubs are the safest place to drink: