Marie Mellett

  • Rural pubs which are due to reopen in 11 days time are calling for the urgent publication of reopening guidelines.

    218 pubs in Mayo, 273 in Galway, 121 in Roscommon and 78 in Sligo have yet to reopen.

    The Vintners Federation of Ireland says, with the reopening due to take place on 20th July, these pubs still don't know how they will adapt their businesses to ensure they comply with public health requirements.

    Mayo publican Marie Mellett of Mellets pub in Swinford says publicans remain in the dark about how they should prepare their pubs for reopening, and the absence of guidelines is a major worry.

  • The Government has agreed to re-open pubs from September 21st.

    Cabinet Ministers are meeting at the moment to discuss the impact of opening pubs in two weeks time.

    It will be subject to any local restrictions or lockdowns that might be in place.

    According to draft guidelines issued at the weekend, pubs that don't serve food will be able to offer table service only, and will have to keep customer records for contact tracing purposes.

    Time slots are limited to one hour and 45 minutes where physical distancing of just one metre can be maintained, but this will not be a requirement where distancing of two metres is possible.

    The news is being widely welcomed by publicans, who've been closed since mid-March.

    Marie Mellett of Melletts Emporium in Swinford told Midwest News that it's great news, after a few false starts....