Restaurants threatened as anti-lockdown rhetoric turns nasty

Businesses reopening under new laws have been victims of ‘review bombing’ and abuse

Pascal Wrenn outside Pascal Coffee House in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pascal Wrenn outside Pascal Coffee House in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Be careful about what you read on restaurant review sites, especially this summer. Let us take the example of one remarkably picky customer. In the past week, he has left one-star reviews for 22 restaurants and bars around the country.

On closer inspection, the venues he reviews all share a common theme: they are complying with the Government’s vaccine certification system, which was introduced last week to allow premises to open for indoor dining.

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