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Pub reopening guidelines finalised - Here's what you need to know

By James Fenton

June 18, 2020 at 9:49am

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Fáilte Ireland has finalised guidelines around the reopening of pubs that serve food, with a number of conditions included for those who wish to open on June 29.

A number of guidelines that had been mooted over the past couple of days have now been confirmed, including the provision that customers should be served a substantial meal for at least €9 that 'might be expected to be served as a main midday or evening meal or as a main course in either such meal.'

It has also been confirmed that parties will be allowed to spend a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes in a premises, once they have pre-booked, instead of 90 minutes as originally planned. A 15-minute gap between bookings will also need to be put aside for cleaning and to ensure groups aren't mixing.

Pubs will need to collect contact information for one person in each party in order to facilitate contact tracing if it is required. A physical distancing of two metres should be maintained, however, this can be reduced to one metre if other risk mitigation requirements have been met.

Speaking about the guidelines, Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland said: "These guidelines are intended to provide clarity to businesses so that they can reopen safely on June 29."

If you wish to scan through the guidelines in full, you can do so via this link.

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