pubs reopening

  • 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....

  • The Cabinet is expected to agree to a reopening date for pubs when it meets later today.

    According to the Irish Times, the Government is likely to announce next Monday week September 21st as the date they can reopen.

    It comes after strict new guidelines for pubs that don't serve food to open safely were published.

    Irish pubs have experienced the longest lockdown in Europe with publicans lobbying fiercely to get back to business.

  • A Cabinet meeting has been underway since about 4.30 to decide whether or not to move to the next phase of the roadmap for reopening the country from next Monday.

    Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has given a strong indication that the reopening of pubs will once again be postponed.

    Speaking before the Cabinet meeting got underway, Mr Varadkar highlighted the recent spike in new Covid-19 cases in Ireland and across Europe and said the Government’s priority is reopening schools and colleges.

    The Tanaiste said the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) recommended a cautious approach in the coming weeks.

    Mr Varadker said this will be come as a “further blow to some sectors that have not been reopened but added that “we can’t risk going backwards or risk the schools reopening”.

    However, there is growing anger among publicans who have been forced to keep their pubs closed for almost five months while other sectors of society have reopened.

    Mayo publican Marie Mellett, of Mellett's Emporium in Swinford, says pubs should open from next week, regardless of whether they serve food or not:

  • A Co Galway publican and county councillor is organising a meeting of rural publicans from along the Western seaboard, to put pressure on Government to allow pubs reopen.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Sheridan, who runs Walsh's pub in Dunmore, says it's unfair that the pub sector has been singled out as "the whipping boy" for public health.

    He believes rural publicans are well capable of putting measures and protocols in place in their premises to safeguard their customers and staff.

    Councillor Sheridan has confirmed that Minister Dara Calleary has agreed to meet with a deputation of publicans from across the region- hopefully within the next week.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Councillor Sheridan said the decision to further postpone the reopening of pubs is a further nail in the coffin of rural Ireland....

  • The Taoiseach is warning the full reopening of pubs could be delayed.

    Micheál Martin is hitting out at the scenes over the weekend, where hundreds of people gathered to drink in some locations.

    Pubs are due to fully reopen on July 20th.

    But speaking on Red FM today, the Fianna Fáil leader said that may not now go ahead.

  • The Government will decide this evening whether or not to move to phase four of the easing of Coronavirus restrictions.

     

    Moving to phase four would see the re-opening of all pubs, nightclubs and casinos and an increase in public gatherings, with 100 people able to meet indoors and 500 outdoors.

    It's due to happen from Monday, but first will require cabinet approval this evening.

    Last night the National Public Health Emergency team expressed concern about moving to what would be the final phase of the re-opening of the economy.

    Much of the concern relates to the number of young people getting the virus and an increase in the reproductive rate.

    Many pubs that were due to reopen are still awaiting advice on whether or not they can.

    Cabinet is also due to discuss air travel today.

    There've been calls for stricter rules around who is allowed into the country after anecdotal reports of tourists not respecting the self-isolation guidelines.

    Ministers have said they don't plan to ban any flights from coming into the country, but will be stepping up how they track people who do arrive to make sure they are self isolating.

    While Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has pointed out people who lie on the passenger locator forms can be subject to criminal sanction already, if they're caught.

     

  • Publicans across the region are reopening today, for the first time in six months.

    A number of protective measures are in place to try to avoid spreading Covid-19 - including table service only, perspex screens at the bar, and a limit on numbers.

    Martha Guiry of Guiry's Pub in Foxford told Midwest News today that reopening during Covid-19 will mean a lot of changes for pubs, but it's great to open the doors.....