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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Indoor dining reopens for fully vaccinated people from today

After remaining closed for the last 16 months, indoor hospitality is to reopen from today for fully vaccinated individuals, anyone who has recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months or children under 18 years old who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated individual.

As a result of the Covid-19 restrictions; pubs, restaurants and caf├ęs were forced to close their doors back in March 2020, some of which have remained closed since as they were unable to provide for outdoor dining.

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Diners will be expected to provide proof of being fully vaccinated either with their EU Digital Covid Certificate or their HSE vaccination card.

Proof of identification will also be required from diners before gaining access to a premises.

Some regulations have changed when compared to earlier draft guidelines in regards to providing contact details to a venue.

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If you are dining solo, then you must provide contact details but if you are with a group, the designated lead person will only need to provide their contact details. Earlier guidelines required everyone in a group to provide their contact details.

Those under the age of 18 will not be required to provide this information.

The information, which will be recorded for both walk-ins and pre-bookings, will be retained for 28 days and must be compliant with GDPR.

No time limit will be implemented for diners but premises’ will be required to be clear of all customers by 11:30pm.

A maximum of six people over the age of 13 years old will be allowed per table, however, the limit does not include accompanying children.

The total combined capacity per table cannot exceed 15 people. Face coverings will be required at all times unless you are sitting at a table and customers can only avail of table service and will not be allowed to order from a bar or counter.

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