Up to 200 people allowed at outdoor events
Fáilte Ireland’s new guidelines for outdoor events say the venues can now accommodate a maximum of 200 people.
Several tables can also be reserved in an outdoor area, but no mixing between tables is allowed.
The guidelines also state that live music and performances are permitted in outdoor hospitality environments, subject to compliance with all relevant Covid-19 guidelines.
The fact remains that table numbers are limited to a maximum of six people, aged 13 or over.
This limit does not apply when children 12 years of age or younger are at the table.
The total cumulative capacity of a table cannot exceed 15 in total and the premises must be vacated for all customers before 11:30 p.m.
The number of wedding guests remains limited to 100.
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The Irish Winegrowers’ Federation welcomed the updated guidelines, which include the return of live music.
Managing Director Padraig Cribben said: “The new guidelines make it clear that we are moving towards a full reopening of the company and it is only a matter of time before any restrictions in pubs such as the service of mandatory table and the ban on people sitting at bar counters be removed. “
Singer / songwriter Jack O’Rourke also welcomed the guidelines.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Philip Boucher-Hayes, Mr. O’Rourke said his colleagues counted on the pub business and weddings.
“I have high hopes for them. Not just singers, but sound engineers, technicians, festival organizers.”
He said that since the start of the pandemic there was “no incentive to work” and said the new guidelines “will give hope and a renewed sense of purpose” to people working in the industry.
The Cabinet committee on Covid-19 is meeting today where it is expected to discuss updates to the guidelines.
It follows questions raised at an event hosted by former minister Katherine Zappone at a Dublin hotel last month and subsequent advice from the attorney general.
This week, following news that Ms Zappone hosted the open-air event at a Dublin hotel with 50 guests, including Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, the government issued an attorney general notice that it is now allowed to ‘organize outdoor events for up to 200 people.