Checks are being undertaken without prior notification, across all counties and can occur at any time of the day/night and at weekends, the Department of Health stated.
The HSE and the Health and Safety Authority are collaborating closely on this.
Figures from the Department of Health show that since July up to Monday the 6th of December some 10,206 compliance checks were completed by the HSE’s Compliance Officers.
4,445 of those checks have been completed since October the 22nd and of these 3,194 (72%) were compliant (up 2% since November the 6th), 255 (6%) were non-compliant (down 1% since November the 6th) and 996 (22%) required some additional compliance measures (down 1% since November the 6th).
“Responsibility for compliance with this legislation rests with the business operator,” the Department has stated, “They must ensure that they’re aware of their legal obligations and are fulfilling them at all times of operation.
“Spot checks are undertaken by HSE Compliance Officers to ensure that businesses have a system in place allowing only those with proof of immunity can gain access to indoor drinking and dining facilities [sic]. Guidelines and support resources are available to the hospitality industry in this regard.”
Where hospitality businesses checked by the HSE are found to be requiring additional compliance measures Compliance Officers will continue to follow-up and engage with those businesses towards ensuring full compliance; however where repeated or persistent non-compliance is noted, formal enforcement action is undertaken on an escalation process from formal Directions (verbal and written), Compliance Notices, Cessation Orders and Emergency Cessation Orders, it added.