DELIGHTED pub-goers were welcomed inside for the time this year as indoor dining made its triumphant return on Monday.
While outdoor dining areas have been open since early June, the reopening of indoor areas marks the first time in nearly eight months that Ireland's entire hospitality sector has been able to welcome customers.
For some 'wet pubs', today marks the first time they've opened their doors since the pandemic began.
Photos emerged today of cheery boozers enjoying fresh pints indoors, as pub normality appears on the beckoning horizon.
For now though, customers will be required to produce a vaccine certificate in order to ensure that only fully vaccinated individuals can access indoor areas, as per Government guidelines.
The use of masks will also be required in all circumstances, except for when you’re seated at your table.
Children under 18 will be able to dine indoors without vaccination as they haven’t been offered one yet, but only six people will be allowed to any one table, with exceptions allowed for children under the age of 13.
The total combined capacity at a table cannot exceed 15.
It's thought that as many as 28,000 people have been sent back to full-time work in Ireland thanks to the reopening of indoor dining.