Words: Emily Mullen
Indoor drinking and dining resumes on Monday, July 26 we have answered some common questions about the return of indoor hospitality.
With the return of indoor drinking and dining commenced on Monday, July 26, we have collected a list of common questions that we ourselves have been asking about the return to indoor hospitality:
This varies from business to business, although the authorities are advising customers to plan their evenings ahead of time. Most businesses are advising customers to book beforehand, while many have allocated space for walk-ins this is typically limited. Best to check out the setup with the individual business.
The Covid cert can be presented either online or in a physical format. There has as yet been no information given about whether a photograph of the physical cert can be accepted.
Those who have recovered from Covid in the past 180 days (six months) and can show proof of this, can avail of indoor hospitality, alongside those who are fully vaccinated.
You will need a form of ID, which businesses will be able to check your name against your vaccine cert/ proof of Covid recovery documentation. The form of ID has as yet not been specified, but any form of Government-issued identification should be accepted, if in doubt check with the specific businesses about what form of ID they will accept.
Unfortunately, you will need both vaccinations to enter indoor hospitality, unless you have received the J&J single-shot vaccine.
Individual businesses will be checking for Covid certs or Covid recovery documentation at a designated point of entry into the establishment.
Yes they can, minors do not need to have any proof of vaccination or Covid recovery documentation when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Only the lead customer will be required to provide their name and contact number to the business for contact tracing purposes.
There is no time limit on how long people can sit at a table, but the premises must be cleared by 11:30pm. However some businesses are enforcing their own time limits on tables, so check with the businesses themselves on what their in-house policy is.
The six-person fixed limit has been removed, now up to 15 people [made up of six adults/teens and nine children], are allowed at a table.
Bars and restaurants will be required to have staff at all entrances of to their premises.
If they are fully vaccinated in the EU, they should have the EU Digital COVID Certificate which is the same one circulated in Ireland. Visitors from outside of the EU that are fully vaccinated, will expected to show documentation issued by their relevant country.
Businesses are expected to adhere to health and safety guidelines improving ventilation, increasing airflow, air extraction systems and the use of CO2 monitors.
You are completely within your rights to leave the premises if you do not feel comfortable indoors.
Draft guidelines currently state that children can sit at tables with less than two metres distance between them, as long as the business adheres to other safety protocols.
No, not all pubs and restaurants are opening for indoor hospitality. This decision has been left entirely on each individual business.
Each business has their own reason for opening indoors or not, many businesses are concerned about young staff members who have as yet partially or not yet been vaccinated. Others are finding the criteria too rigid to staff particularly the stipulation that each entrance to the premises must be monitored at all times, while others are waiting to see how other businesses open up before they invest their time and resources,
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