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Minister Extends Emergency Legislation That Allows Outdoor Seating On Private Lands

Published on Oct 27 2021 10:41 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Outdoor Dining / outdoor drinking

Minister Extends Emergency Legislation That Allows Outdoor Seating On Private Lands

Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys has extended emergency legislation that regulates and allows outdoor seating areas on private lands next to pubs and restaurants. Details As reported by rte.ie...

Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys has extended emergency legislation that regulates and allows outdoor seating areas on private lands next to pubs and restaurants.

Details

As reported by rte.ie, the regulation sets out that alcohol cannot be sold or consumed any day after 11pm in the outdoor seating areas on such land and has now come into effect.

Humphreys reportedly said that this is being done "in the interests of communities and with the principles of fairness".

The department has reportedly been in contact with industry groups to inform them of these measures.

The emergency legislation, which was reportedly introduced last summer for outdoor areas and due to expire on November 30, will reportedly now cover private lands next to licenced premises.

Additional Humphreys Statements

Humphreys reportedly said that she now considers it appropriate to regulate the opening hours of these areas, and that the new regulation does not apply to trading hours permitted by local authorities for the authorised outdoor seating areas in public lands or the existing conditions for trading hours attached to the licensed premises, which reportedly already includes an outdoor area within that license, and where such areas are not benefitting from the emergency act.

Humphreys reportedly said, "As trading hours return to normal in line with the easing of certain COVID restrictions, I have introduced a pragmatic regulation for outdoor seating areas for private land abutting the licensed premises that are covered by the emergency legislation.

"This is in line with similar trading hour restrictions on the outdoor seating areas authorised by local authorities.

"It does not impact the trading hours attached to outdoor areas that are within the existing licensing arrangement as part of the licensed premises."

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