Ticket Purchase Requirement For Nightclubs To Take Effect Immediately
Nightclub and live venue operators have 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 will...
Nightclub and live venue operators have 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 will take effect from today (Thursday October 28).
The news follows 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, industry representatives were told at a meeting with government officials on Wednesday October 27 that there will be no grace period for implementing the new rules.
Industry representatives reportedly expressed concern about the viability of the one hour advance ticket purchase rule at meetings with government officials on Wednesday October 27.
The requirement for a ticket will reportedly be determined by whether dancing is taking place, rather than live music as reportedly previously envisaged, and the ticket purchase reportedly must contain details to allow for robust contact tracing.
The new rules reportedly stipulate that customers will not be permitted to congregate at doors and only ticket holders should be permitted in a queue.
The new rules requiring customers to book tickets for nightclubs and other late night events are reportedly expected to be officially published today (Thursday October 28).
Industry representatives are reportedly understood to have sought a delay in the roll-out of such rules, as many reportedly do not have the systems in place for ticket bookings.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is reportedly due to sign the regulations later today, which will reportedly require orderly, managed and socially distant queues for the return to bar service.
The new rules will reportedly be published online with accompanying guidelines.
The Importance Of Keeping Basic Public Health Advice In Mind
The above news coincides with news that, as also reported by rte.ie, at the latest National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) briefing, Ireland's Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Tony Holohan, stressed the importance of keeping basic public health advice in mind and for the public not to become complacent.
Holohan reportedly reiterated that hand washing, social distancing, mask wearing and avoiding crowded places are all key things, and that these measures should be kept at the forefront of each individual's mind. Holohan reportedly described them as being our first line of protection against COVID-19.
Holohan said that he is hopeful that the current infection rate will slow down if people continue to follow public health advice and the basic hygiene steps to which we have grown so accustomed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that COVID-19 is "growing at a rate that is concerning", but that it is not too late to turn a corner.
Holohan reportedly said when asked if there would be a "circuit-breaker" such as another lockdown or increased restrictions needed that they hope that they do not have to enter into conversations about recommending further measures.
Holohan reportedly said that it will be key for each individual to undertake a personal risk assessment before engaging in social activities in high risk settings, and reportedly suggested that people think before meeting vulnerable people after engaging in these activities, and to only enter into high risk settings once in a while, as opposed to every day.
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