New Guidelines For Nightclubs Published
New guidelines for nightclubs have been published. The publication of the new guidelines follows yesterday's news that nightclub and live venue operators had been told that new rules requiring indi...
New guidelines for nightclubs have been published.
The publication of the new guidelines follows yesterday's news that nightclub and live venue operators had been told that new rules requiring individuals who want to gain access to such venues to purchase a ticket at least one in hour in advance of their arrival would take effect from yesterday (Thursday October 28), as well as news from earlier this week about the new ticket purchase rule and that industry representatives had asked for a two week grace period before enforcing the new rules, which would allow them to get their electronic ticketing system and other logistical requirements in place.
As reported by rte.ie, under the newly-published guidelines, in addition to the requirement for tickets to facilitate contact tracing, consumers must maintain one-metre social distancing in a queue for the bar in a nightclub and at live events under new guidelines for the sector, and an employee must supervise the queue.
The tickets that must be purchased at least one hour in advance reportedly must contain names and phone numbers, and patrons reportedly should be advised that their details will be held for 28 days under the new rules.
The requirement for a ticket, which reportedly must be purchased electronically, will reportedly be determined by whether dancing is taking place at a venue, rather than live music as reportedly previously envisaged.
Ticket resale or exchange is reportedly not permissible, but tickets reportedly can be cancelled and subsequently reallocated by venue managers.
There is reportedly no restriction on capacity for nightclubs or fully seated live events, but standing venues are reportedly limited to 1,500 people.
Toilet facilities reportedly must have a one-way system, and COVID-19 passes and IDs will also be required for entry.
Patrons reportedly do not have to wear face masks when dancing, drinking or eating, but face masks reportedly should be worn while entering and leaving venues and in shared spaces such as in toilets and at bar areas when purchasing drinks, and all workers reportedly must wear face masks.
The rules reportedly also state that no crowdsurfing is permitted at gigs.
Additionally, nightclubs and venues that breach the new ticketing laws will reportedly be fined up to €2,500 under the new regulations, which have now come into force.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin reportedly said that nobody has been treated like dirt in relation to the reopening of the nightclub sector, and that the government has been supportive of the industry, and some representative groups, such as the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), need to moderate their language.
The Taoiseach reportedly said that the protection of public health matters and that there needs to be balance in relation to comments from some representative groups from the nightlife sector, and that industry will always lobby, but that cannot dictate the actions of government, and reportedly added that it will always try to get the balance right, but lobbyists will always look for "that bit more".
The Taoiseach reportedly rejected suggestions that the industry has been treated unfairly, reportedly saying that COVID-19 is to blame for the restrictions that were in place for the sector.
The Taoiseach reportedly reiterated calls from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) for people to be mindful of their own actions and abide by public health advice, and reportedly said, "I don't accept some of the over-the-top comments that have been made in respect of what has actually been the reopening of a sector that has always proved challenging."
Sinn Féin TD Statements
Sinn Féin TD Louise O'Reilly reportedly meanwhile said that the issue should have been handled better by the government, and that people running and working in the nightclub industry deserve to be treated with a bit more respect.
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