Guidelines For Outdoor Events To Be Updated
Fáilte Ireland has said that it will meet government officials today (Thursday August 5) to update the public health guidelines for outdoor events and provide clarity on the operation of such events.
As reported by rte.ie, the meeting comes 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.
Sinn Féin health spokesperson David Cullinane reportedly said on RTÉ's Morning Ireland radio programme that no one in government could seriously suggest that they believe that people could have an organised outdoor social event for up to 200 people, and that Fáilte Ireland guidelines make it clear that multiple tables cannot be booked for outdoor events.
Cullinane reportedly said that the industry is now seeking clarity.
Meanwhile, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall reportedly said on RTÉ's Today with Philip Boucher-Hayes programme that it is news to her that an outdoor social event could be held for 50 or more people.
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