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....


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