Guidelines For Reopening Of Hospitality Sector To Be Published Soon
Guidelines for the reopening of the hospitality sector are expected to be published this week.
As reported by rte.ie, the guidelines have been drawn up by Fáilte Ireland ahead of a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Friday May 28 that will look at a further easing of COVID-19-related restrictions in June and July.
According to rte.ie, the guidelines are expected to state that tables for both outdoor and indoor dining must be one metre apart, and there is expected to be a limit on the amount of time that customers can remain at a table for indoor hospitality services, unlike outdoor hospitality services, which will have not have a time limit.
According to The Irish Times, it is understood that the time limit on indoor visits to restaurants and pubs will be 105 minutes, there will be a limit of six people per booking, and it will be up to each establishment to decide if they want to set a time limit for outdoor services and, if so, how long the time limit is.
According to both rte.ie and The Irish Times, there is also expected to be a strong emphasis on ventilation for indoor dining.
Resumption Of Indoor Hospitality Services
Outdoor hospitality services are due to resume on June 7. According to rte.ie, the Cabinet will discuss when indoor hospitality services can resume at the aforementioned meeting scheduled for Friday May 28, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin indicated on Monday May 24 that indoor services might not resume during the first week of July, and said that it remains the case that outdoor hospitality services are best.
Additional Financial Supports For "Wet Pubs"
The above news follows news from Monday May 24 that tourism minister Catherine Martin has indicated that the government is examining introducing additional supports for pubs that do not serve food, or so-called "wet pubs", that want to serve customers outdoors.
According to The Irish Times, a Cabinet meeting scheduled for June 1 will consider the issue of financial supports for the sectors that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the pub sector, and ministers are keen to see additional supports extended to pubs such as enhanced grants for outdoor furniture.
Pilot Live Events
Also according to The Irish Times, Martin has also said that pilot live events of varying sizes, including rock, classical and comedy gigs, as well as both indoor and outdoor theatre events, will take place across the country in June and July.
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