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RAI Seeking Leave To Challenge Distinctions Between Indoor Dining In Non-Hotel Restaurants And Indoor Dining In Hotels

Published on Jun 18 2021 2:33 PM in Restaurant tagged: Trending Posts / Restaurants Association of Ireland / RAI

RAI Seeking Leave To Challenge Distinctions Between Indoor Dining In Non-Hotel Restaurants And Indoor Dining In Hotels

The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is seeking leave to challenge the distinctions between indoor dining in non-hotel restaurants and indoor dining in hotels.

RAI Statement

The RAI stated on its website, "The Restaurants Association of Ireland and members of the association have applied to the High Court seeking leave to challenge distinctions made between indoor dining in non-hotel commercial restaurants and indoor dining within hotels. The challenge relates to recent regulations signed by the minister of health and claims the distinction drawn should be quashed on the basis of irrationality, lack of proportionality and unjustifiable interference with restauranteur’s property and economic rights.

"These regulations are required to be challenged in order to ensure the continued viability of our members' livelihoods and in order to ensure that these unjustifiable distinctions do not continue.

"The Restaurants Association of Ireland was founded in 1970 by restauranteurs to represent the restaurant industry and to assist and inform its members, with current members including restaurants, hotel restaurants, cafes and gastropubs. The association continues with that aim to represent the needs of all members today."

Outdoor And Indoor Reopenings

Restaurants were permitted to open for outdoor dining services on June 7, and will be permitted to resume indoor services on July 5.

Hotels were permitted to reopen on June 2 and provide indoor services to guests from the same date.

As reported by The Irish Times, according to the RAI, only 20% of its members are able to provide outdoor dining services.

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