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Galway restaurant to ask all international bookings for 'entry date into country'

By Sarah Finnan

July 13, 2020 at 10:28am


The face behind such popular Galway restaurants as Aniar, Cava and Tartare, local restaurateur JP McMahon is requiring all international bookings to provide details of their entry into Ireland when making a reservation.

With Tartare having reopened to the public back on June 30th and Cava following suit on July 2nd, staff have been trying to come to terms with a 'new normal' way of doing things. Introducing the use of QR codes to save on physical menus, a number of other measures have been implemented to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

Also paying special attention to those making a booking, Galway restaurateur JP McMahon is requiring international customers to provide details of their arrival to Ireland before coming in to dine at one of his restaurants.

Taking to Twitter to explain the idea, he revealed that all international bookings hoping to eat at one of his establishments will need to provide details of their entry date into the country - later adding that they will be required to do so until such time that the government has issued a list of countries that visitors don't need to quarantine from.

This comes after a group of people from Texas dined at Cava with McMahon saying that the team have "no idea of knowing if they just arrived and should be self-quarantining".

"Staff were very uncomfortable. We need a decision on this particularly if people are coming from places with high cases."

Many agreed that asking for proof of entry date was "reasonable in this current climate", also commenting that the burden should be on the government rather than hospitality businesses who are facing a difficult enough battle in reopening amid ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Header image via Instagram/Tartare Galway

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