A spokesperson for Arts Minister Catherine Martin has confirmed that tickets will not be required for live music events at pubs, on the basis that dancing doesn’t take place.
If customers are allowed to dance, tickets must be required in order to gain access to the event.
Significant criticism has been launched towards the government’s new action of requiring customers to buy tickets in order to gain access to nightclub events and venues with music and dancing.
The system has been described as a “total betrayal” and “completely unmangebale” by late-night hospitality industry stakeholders.
A spokesperson for Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated, “Tickets are only required for venues operating for the purposes of live entertainment or nightclubs,”.
“The ticketing requirement does not apply to other hospitality venues, for example, pubs operating under their usual licence with some music for patrons to enjoy while seated at tables.”
However, if a pub wants to host live music events with dancing involved, tickets will be required for access to the event.
According to a government source, dancefloors are higher risk environments as more interaction takes place between customers and that a ticketing system will allow for easier contact tracing.