A DUBLIN bar which sparked outrage after revellers were filmed disregarding Covid-19 social distancing rules is facing a court challenge over the renewal of its licence.
Berlin 2 on Dame Lane drew widespread criticism after footage emerged showing patrons showing little regarded for the measures introduced by the government.
In the video, which went viral, a masked member staff could be seen dancing on the bar which he proceeded to pour shots into several dancing customers’ mouths.
The footage was filmed during bar’s controversial “A Very Boozy Baked Brunch With Your Buds” event.
Speaking in defence of the widely criticised scenes, the bar’s manager Jay Bourke insisted the clip represented “20 seconds of madness”.
The businessman and restauranteur told also insisted to RTE’s Morning Ireland it “did not reflect what went on that day at all”.
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However, as The Journal reports, Gardaí have submitted a formal objection to the bar retaining its licence.
The objection was brought by Garda Inspector John Finucane from Pearse Street station, who according to official documents cited “non-compliance with Covid regulations”.
A hearing is set to take place on October 28 to determine the future of the bar.
The case could represent something of a landmark for establishments disobeying the rules designed to curb the number of people contracting Covid-19.
Authorities have previously warned that any venue failing to adhere to the rules would not face a slap on the wrist but, instead, more significant punishment.