On-trade

New Guidance: possible one-metre Social Distancing for pubs

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has sent detailed guidance entitled Covid19: Guidance for Food Service Businesses to Fáilte Ireland aimed at facilitating the safe re-opening of food service businesses including pubs that serve food.
The guidance refers to various measures and arrangements including a potential reduction of the current two-metre physical distancing restriction to one-metre in certain circumstances.

The guidance refers to various measures and arrangements including a potential reduction of the current two-metre physical distancing restriction to one-metre in certain circumstances.

The guidance refers to various measures and arrangements including a potential reduction of the current two-metre physical distancing restriction to one-metre in certain circumstances.
Fáilte Ireland is presently working through the guidance document in consultation with officials from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to seek clarity on some aspects in order to fully update and incorporate this guidance into its sector-specific operational guidelines for food service businesses.
“Fáilte Ireland’s guidelines for pubs (which include pubs, gastro pubs and bars) will be published in the coming days,” it states, “The guidelines will state that from 29 June pubs that serve food and meet other features expected of a restaurant may re-open.

“Any food offering will be required to be a substantial meal (as defined by the Intoxicating Liquor Act 1962: “the meal is such as might be expected to be served as a main midday or evening meal or as a main course in either such meal”) and will be required to be of a kind for which it would be reasonable to charge not less than €9,” concludes Fáilte Ireland.

 

 

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