Details have been announced of a new €17 million scheme for hospitality businesses to develop outdoor dining capacity.
Hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés can apply to Mayo County Council for grants of up to €4,000 towards outdoor tables and chairs, umbrellas and heaters.
The scheme will open for applications on 12th April, and can cover expenses incurred since 1st April last year.
In a second part of the scheme, local authorities such as Mayo County Council can apply for funding to develop permanent public dining spaces in specially-zoned streets in towns and cities, in preparation for welcoming back visitors when it's safe to do so.
Each local authority can apply for up to €200,000, and again applications open on 12th April.