The restricted seating time in pubs is set to last for just three weeks, or the duration of phase three of the Government’s reopening roadmap, according to Fáilte Ireland.

Late on Wednesday 17th June, Fáilte Ireland published its set of finalised guidelines for pubs which included the requirement that pubs must serve a ‘substantial meal’ costing at least €9 in order to reopen on 29th June.  Patrons must reserve their seats in advance and no walk-ins will be accepted.

In addition, patrons will be allowed in pubs for a maximum of 105 minutes in order to mitigate risks.  There will then be a 15 minute turnaround time to allow for the area to be cleaned for the next patron.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sarah McInerney, Failte Ireland’s Tara Kerry said these regulations are expected to be short term.

“Once July comes and we’re into phase four of the reopening, bars will be allowed unless something changes in the government roadmap between now and then, bars will be allowed to reopen then and they won’t have to serve food. So people will be able to spend a longer period in the bars,” she said.

She continued: “Our understanding is that there won’t be any limit on it”.

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