Cabinet To Discuss Updates To Hospitality Industry Guidelines For Outdoor Events
Published on Aug 6 2021 8:02 AM in General Industry tagged: Featured Post / Fáilte Ireland / Restaurants Association of Ireland / RAI / HSE / Health Service Executive / Outdoor Dining / outdoor drinking
The Cabinet sub-committee on COVID-19 is expected to discuss updates to hospitality industry guidelines for outdoor events at a meeting today (Friday August 6).
Fáilte Ireland Meeting
This follows news from yesterday (Thursday August 5) that Fáilte Ireland had said that it would meet government officials yesterday to update the public health guidelines for outdoor events and provide clarity on the operation of such events.
Fáilte Ireland is the state agency that is responsible for drawing up guidelines for the hospitality industry on how to operate under COVID-19 pandemic regulations.
As reported by rte.ie, yesterday's meeting came after questions were raised as a result of an outdoor gathering of 50 people at a hotel that was organised by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone several days prior to her appointment as UN Special Envoy on Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
Fáilte Ireland And Government Statements
The government reportedly said that regulations prior to that gathering permitted up to 200 people to attend outdoor events and gatherings.
Fáilte Ireland reportedly said that it has noted the government's statement about the event, and added that the guidelines are drafted in conjunction with government departments and industry as they reflect public health advice and announcements on restrictions and decisions taken by the government.
Attorney General Advice
The government has reportedly published advice from the Attorney General that says that it is now permissible to organise outdoor events for up to 200 people.
Fáilte Ireland is reportedly now updating its guidelines to reflect this advice, and the details are reportedly expected to be discussed at today's committee meeting.
HSE CEO Urges Public To "Stick With" Guidelines
Health Service Executive (HSE) CEO Paul Reid has reportedly urged the public to "stick with" public health guidelines following the confusion surrounding COVID-19 pandemic-related regulations for outdoor gatherings.
When asked about the confusion surrounding the regulations at the weekly HSE COVID-19 briefing yesterday, Reid reportedly said, "The only concern we have is people just drop their guard over the next few weeks, whether it's over frustration or confusion.
"People drop their guard. So the message from the HSE...people stick with us, in a few weeks' time we will be on a much better side of this pandemic."
Reid reportedly said, "My call is to the public: don't get confused, don't get frustrated, just stick with what we're doing, it's working and allow us to get on with the vaccination programme."
RAI CEO Says It Is Important To Understand What Is Required
Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) CEO Adrian Cummins reportedly said that it is important that both businesses and the public understand what is required in terms of the rules and limits.
Cummins reportedly said in a Twitter post that the hospitality sector has "lost a huge amount of revenue due to confusion over the guidelines".
Minister Of State Welcomes "Additional Clarity"
Meanwhile, Minister of State Colm Brophy reportedly said that he welcomes that "additional clarity will be brought to the guidelines" for the operation of outdoor events, but added that he does not want to "prejudge" the outcome of the discussions.
Brophy reportedly said on RTÉ's News at One that he cannot answer whether the Attorney General "checked" the guidelines before they were published by Fáilte Ireland, but acknowledged that they were drawn up by Fáilte Ireland after consultation with industry groups and government officials.
Brophy reportedly said, "When you have a changing situation of regulations and guidelines, you will always have, I believe, individual venues or people interpreting the guideline. So, we now need to bring clarity to that."
Laois County Council Refuses To Grant License For Electric Picnic
The above news also follows news that Laois County Council has refused to grant a licence for outdoor music festival Electric Picnic this year.
© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.