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Tánaiste Says Guidelines For Outdoor Dining And Drinking Are Currently Being Drafted; Hopes Indoor Dining Will Be Able To Resume In Early July

Published on May 20 2021 2:37 PM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / pubs / restaurants / hotels / Restaurants Association of Ireland / RAI / Outdoor Dining / outdoor drinking / indoor dining

Tánaiste Says Guidelines For Outdoor Dining And Drinking Are Currently Being Drafted; Hopes Indoor Dining Will Be Able To Resume In Early July

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that the guidelines for outdoor dining and drinking are currently being drafted and that he hopes that indoor dining will be able to resume in early July. As reported...

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that the guidelines for outdoor dining and drinking are currently being drafted and that he hopes that indoor dining will be able to resume in early July.

As reported by rte.ie, the tánaiste has told the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment that the guidelines for outdoor dining and drinking, which will be permitted from June 7, are currently being drafted, and said that people will not be required to purchase a substantial meal to have a drink at a pub when outdoor services begin.

Varadkar also reportedly said that outdoor dining and drinking will be seated only, with a maximum of six people permitted at a table, tables will probably be one metre to 1.5 metres apart, there will be no limit on the amount of time that people can remain at a table in a venue, and he hopes that indoor dining will be permitted from early July.

Rte.ie quotes Varadkar as saying that he is "very hopeful that we can return to something close to normality by late summer", and that the "vaccination programme is picking up momentum, administering approximately 270,000 vaccines per week. Nearly 40% of our adult population has had at least one dose."

Additionally, Reuters quotes Varadkar as saying that he hopes that "some mass events" will be able to be permitted in July too.

RAI CEO Statements

According to rte.ie, Restaurants Association of Ireland CEO Adrian Cummins has said that grant aid needs to be delivered as soon as possible to businesses that want to and can provide outdoor dining, or else demand will be greater than supply.

According to rte.ie, Cummins said on RTÉ's News at One that the outdoor dining scheme roll-out is very slow across the country and "some local authorities haven't even put forward their proposed locations for outdoor dining schemes".

Cummins reportedly said that the RAI welcomes the tánaiste's call around outdoor dining for the 20% of businesses that can avail of it, and bookings are being made quickly for the limited capacity that is available.

Cummins also reportedly reiterated the RAI's call for indoor dining in restaurants, gastropubs and coffee shops to be permitted to resume on the same date on which hotels will be permitted to reopen in June.

Hotels Reopening Date

Hotels will be permitted to reopen on June 2.

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