The Cabinet has decided that pubs that don't serve food will be allowed to reopen from Monday, September 21 subject to local restrictions.
After a meeting this morning, it is being widely reported that the Government has decided on September 21 as the date that the so-called 'wet pubs' will be allowed to reopen.
The news will be welcomed by those in the industry but publicans will still have to adhere to a number of guidelines - including the provision that groups of customers should be limited to six people from a maximum of three households. Also, the 105-minute limit will remain if pubs provide a one-metre distance between groups but won't be required if a two-metre distance can be maintained.
The reopening of pubs will be subject to local restrictions which may come into force from time to time. Earlier today, Dr Mary Favier, President of the Irish College of General Practitioners, stated that she doesn't see "wet pubs opening in Dublin or in Limerick any time soon," with Covid-19 cases being closely watched in both cities.