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Gardaí say outdoor drinking in temporary seating areas is illegal

Gardaí have said that drinking alcohol in seating areas set up on streets around the country as a result of Covid-19 restrictions is not covered under the restaurant or pub owners license.

Seating areas have been set up around the country as indoor dining is banned until July, giving the hospitality sector the opportunity to reopen their doors.

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An Garda Síochána said outlets selling food or drink are restricted to takeaway or selling for consumption off the premises.

The statement went on to say that while local authorities may provide permission for additional seating spaces outside of licensed premises, these spaces are not covered for the consumption of alcohol by the license issued.

In Galway last Thursday, there were a number of pubs informed by An Garda Síochána that they were in breach of the law.

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The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called for the issue to be ratified.

The Vintners Association said, “publicans across the country continue to work closely with local gardaí to ensure the smooth implementation of outdoor service”.

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