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Guidelines For Reopening Of Hospitality Sector Published

Published on May 26 2021 12:58 PM in Features tagged: Featured Post / pubs / restaurants / Fáilte Ireland / hotels / IHF / cafes / B&Bs / Irish hotels federation / Outdoor Dining / outdoor drinking / indoor dining / indoor drinking / guesthouses

Guidelines For Reopening Of Hospitality Sector Published

COVID-19 safety guidelines for the reopening of the hospitality sector have been published.

Number Of People Per Table

As reported by rte.ie, the guidelines, which have been issued by Fáilte Ireland, state that a maximum of six individuals aged 13 years or older will be permitted to sit at one table when restaurants, cafés and pubs reopen next month, but when accompanying children under the age of 12 are included, up to 15 individuals will be permitted to sit at one table.

No Multiple Indoor Bookings And No Indoor Parties Or Social Gatherings

It will not possible to book multiple tables indoors and no parties or social gatherings will be permitted indoors.

Table Distance, Contact Tracing, Ventilation And Enhanced Hygiene Protocols

Tables will have to be a minimum of one metre apart both outdoors and indoors, and one metre distancing will be permitted indoors only if a table is pre-booked and all public health measures are followed, including contact tracing, ventilation and enhanced hygiene protocols.

Contact tracing and enhanced hygiene protocols will be compulsory.

There is a strong emphasis on the importance of ventilation for indoor spaces, because ventilation is seen as being an important means of attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Time Limit Rules

There will not be a limit on the amount of time that customers can remain eating and drinking at outdoor tables. There also will not be a limit on the amount that customers can remain eating and drinking at indoor tables that are a minimum of two metres apart. However, if indoor tables are only metre apart, customers will not be permitted to remain longer than one hour and 45 minutes.

No €9 Meal Requirement

There will not be a requirement to purchase a meal worth a minimum of €9.

Table Service Requirement And Closing Time

Food and drink will ordered and delivered via table service only both outdoors and indoors, and all premises will have to clear both their outdoor and indoor areas of all customers by 11.30pm.

Face Covering Rules

Customers will be required to wear face coverings when moving around and employees will be required to wear face coverings at all times.

Noise Control Measures

There are measures to control noise levels, and no live or loud music will be permitted.

Outdoor Space Definition

The guidelines define an outdoor space or premises as one that is covered by a roof, as long as no more than half of the perimeter outside is covered by a wall, windows, gate or something similar.

Venues To Which The Guidelines Will Apply

The above rules will apply to hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, restaurants, cafés and pubs.

Review

According to rte.ie, Fáilte Ireland said that the guidelines are based on current public health advice, which will be reviewed by the government in due course, and if public health advice changes, the guidelines will also be updated.

Reopening Dates

Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs will be permitted to reopen from June 2, and restaurants, cafés and pubs will be permitted to open for outdoor services from June 7.

It is not known yet when indoors services will be permitted to resume in restaurants, cafés and pubs, but it has been said that such services could be permitted from sometime in July.

IHF Response

Reacting to the newly-published guidelines for the reopening of the hospitality sector, Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) president Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said, "The health and safety of our teams, our guests and everyone that interacts with our properties will always be the main priority. We have been busy in anticipation of reopening and are well-advanced in our preparations. The publication of these latest standards, incorporating many existing operational requirements, gives our members further clarity on what is required. Ireland's hotels and guesthouses have always had a well-earned reputation globally for their high service standards and hoteliers will be applying that same commitment to the implementation of these new standards.

“We are really looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming guests back on 2nd June. While we have been closed, hotels have also been thinking creatively and innovatively about how we can enhance our guests' experience. With a likelihood that some restrictions will remain in place for a while yet, we want to ensure that we deliver the enjoyable and memorable experiences that everyone is yearning for and so richly deserve this summer and beyond."

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