When will it open?
A phased reopening of indoor hospitality has been agreed by Government and indoor dining will commence on 26th July.
Who can dine indoors?
Customers allowed inside the premises must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous six months. Children under-18 accompanied by a vaccinated or recovered adult parent or guardian can also be admitted for indoor services.
What proof is needed?
Presentation of verifiable evidence of vaccination or immunity status is needed by each customer. This is the new Digital COVID Certificate. For visitors outside of Ireland, a nationally certified equivalent can be used. Also, a customer’s ID must be checked. Customer data once verified must not be retained.
How many customers can sit at a table?
Up to six customers will be allowed sit at tables that must be kept one metre apart.Tables with children will have to be two metres apart from other tables.
How will the certs be checked?
Staff will check the cert and cross reference it against another form of ID. The Garda are unlikely to be patrolling premises looking to check vaccination status. However, it is envisaged the Health and Safety Authority and the Health Service Executive will be able to carry out compliance checks, which are permitted under the Act.
What happens if a customer leaves the premises and later wants to return?
Customers who leave a restaurant must be given a clearly identifiable non-transferable stamp or tag if they wish to return.
Are there any other rules that apply?
All owners must comply with the government’s Work Safely Protocol. The protocol places a strong emphasis on the importance of implementing effective ventilation in all premises.
Are there any fines for non-compliance?
There are fines of up to €2,500 for premises not checking certificates.
What king of service costumers can avail of?
Customers can avail of both table service and service from a food service counter (e.g. carvery, self service or buffet). Guidance as outlined HERE must be followed when providing a food service counter option.