Ireland's first ever 'Covid-free pub' set to open in Mayo

Ireland's first ever 'Covid-free pub' set to open in Mayo

IRELAND'S very first 'Covid-free pub' is set to open its doors to the public.

Eileen's Bar in Aghamore, Co. Mayo is introducing mandatory rapid testing for customers upon entry.

The tests take around 15 minutes to produce results, and they'll set you back a cool €10, but once you've got a negative result, you can sit in the pub all night if you wish.

Public health guidelines will still need to be followed though, even if you produce a negative test. So masks will need to be worn when not sitting at the table, and no service will be allowed at the bar.

Once inside, you won't be allowed to leave and return later though, as to avoid any potential spread of the virus.

You'll have to book your reservations and tests will be carried out between 5pm and 7pm every evening.

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Posted by Eileen’s Bar on Thursday, December 10, 2020

The goal, according to the bar, is to guarantee that Eileen's keeps Covid-19 out, to allow regulars the opportunity to come in and stay all evening without interruption.

In a statement to Facebook, the pub's owners wrote: "Eileen's are delighted to announce we will be opening this Thursday the 10th of December as the first COVID FREE pub in Ireland.

"Eileen's are happy to cover the costs [of running the Covid tests] to make sure our staff and customers are safe and protected.

"Serving food does not mean you are safe, but Covid testing does.

"We thank you all for the support and appreciate your cooperation. We can't wait to welcome back our loyal customers."