Pubs expected to reopen this month

Pubs expected to reopen this month

PUBS WHICH do not serve food are expected to get the green light to reopen later this month.

The Cabinet will meet later today where they will set the new reopening date-- which has been pushed back multiple times-- for 21 September.

The news comes as Ireland experiences a rise in coronavirus cases, particularly in Dublin and Limerick, which the National Public Health Emergency Team admitted they are monitoring "with growing concern".

Despite the rise in cases, however, publicans across the country have been campaigning to be allowed reopen their businesses to prove they can do it right and follow all necessary public health guidelines.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar spoke in Dublin yesterday where he said he understood the frustration of pub owners, and said when the Government next decided on a date where businesses could reopen, it should be a date that "actually happens".

He went on to say that the Government would be issuing a new roadmap to reopening, and while it won't be "straightforward" it would give people "certainty and a horizon they can plan against", according to The Journal.

Draft guidelines for the reopening of so-called 'wet pubs' were leaked last week, with mandatory table service, 11.30pm closures and customers to remain seated at all times-- even in smoking areas-- all included in the rules seen by The Irish Mirror.

Tables will be limited to a maximum of six people from no more than three different households, and those drinking alongside someone from a different house should also try to keep a minimum of one metre's distance between them.

There will be no time limit on visits provided a two-metre distance can be maintained between tables, the leaked document suggests, and the use of cash will be discouraged in favour of card payments.

In all instances, staff members should wear PPE such as a face mask or visor while at work.

The Dáil are expected to confirm the planned reopening date of 21 September later today.