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Legislation for outdoor drinking approved by Cabinet

Legislation has been passed by Cabinet which will allow for the sale and consumption of alcohol in designated outdoor areas.

The legislation will further extend enforcement powers to Gardaí to ensure businesses are complying with Covid-19 regulations.

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The bill will go before the Dáil this week and will expire on November 30th of this year, unless renewed for a further six months.

Last week, Gardaí expressed concern about the legality of hospitality venues serving alcohol outdoors in temporary seating areas.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told members of the force to use discretion in relation to outdoor drinking.

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This new legislation will allow hospitality venues to serve alcohol in temporary outdoor seating areas legally for the coming months.

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