Resumption of meals in the dining room on Monday for the fully vaccinated
The Cabinet has agreed that indoor service in bars and restaurants can resume on Monday July 26 for those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19.
President Michael D Higgins earlier signed the legislation underpinning the guidelines into law.
The guidelines will mean no time limit for customers and the closing time will be 11:30 p.m.
An app will be developed by the government to allow business owners to check customers’ Covid certificates at the door of a pub or restaurant.
Up to six people will be allowed to sit at tables which must be spaced one meter apart.
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Speaking on entering Cabinet, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the immunization program was being rolled out very effectively.
He said people had to be vigilant in the coming weeks, adding: “We must all follow the guidelines, no matter how tired we are from this pandemic.”
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Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Michael McGrath said the rules would come as no surprise to the industry.
But, he said, it will be a big change for them and not the kind of reopening they might have considered a few weeks ago.
Northern Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill said she spoke to the Taoiseach about how people in Northern Ireland could get their Covid vaccines recognized when the new regulations take effect.
“I have received positive assurances that a solution will be found before July 26,” she said on Twitter.
Alan Grehan, manager of Sprezzatura restaurant in Dublin, said he believes the country is in a very different place and that there is a better understanding of Covid-19, which helps put better factors in place. ‘attenuation to prevent infection for inner hospitality.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Grehan said he believed the certification verification would become second nature to staff and noted that the hospitality followed procedures and guidelines very well.
It’s just something new that we need to add, he said.
Orla Hegarty, a ventilation expert, said media reports that social distancing should apply to indoor tables with children is not scientifically protective.
“If the children are inside, they breathe the same air as everyone else. If they are two meters from an asymptomatic or infected person at another table, it will not be a protection,” he said. -she declared to RTÉ’s Drivetime.
Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Emergency Team also warned people could forget the basics when the focus is on ventilation.
He said: “It is bad and potentially dangerous advice to suggest that physical distancing, minimization of direct contact and hand hygiene are not effective infection prevention and control measures, and that ventilation is somehow more efficient or more important. “
The chair of the Modeling Expert Advisory Group said they were seeing “a significant number of transmissions outdoors, when people get too close, most likely transmissions via droplets, spray or hands soiled “.
“A little more distance, without touching or screaming, or better hygiene could have prevented these infections.”