Irish Pub update: Government lists nine new rules for alfresco dining as reopening date approaches
As for Irish pubs, Taoiseach Micheal Martin has confirmed that the foreign service is officially back on June 7 and shortly thereafter indoor alcohol consumption may resume on July 5.
However, the Irish Winegrowers ‘Federation (VFI) has called on the government to move the pubs’ opening date forward to July 1 to allow for an extra weekend of commerce.
Following the Taoiseach’s address to the nation, a statement from the VFI said: “Before opening indoors, the VFI is also calling for the removal of the 105-minute deadline from the guidelines, because by the end June, more than 70% of the population will have been offered a vaccine, which is a higher vaccination rate than that achieved by Northern Ireland when it opened pubs indoors. “
VFI Managing Director Padraig Cribben added: “There are only nine weekends in this short season, so removing one of those crucial weekends by reopening on a Monday is a blow to the government. can be avoided by simply advancing the date four days to July.
When outdoor food and drink returns on June 7, the rules and regulations regarding the outdoors alcohol consumption will interest the public.
On that note, the following nine rules are all listed on the Government website and they are as follows;
1) What defines the outdoor room where you can consume alcohol?
The usual pub licenses allow publicans to serve alcohol and consume it on site, which can include areas outside the boundaries of the building such as gardens, courtyards, parking lots, etc.
2) Expand the area of what can be used for dining and consuming alcohol
Local authorities under section 254 of the Planning Laws may allow the placement of furniture, such as tables and chairs, in public places such as footpaths, pedestrian streets, etc. .
3) Bring together the two previous points
Local authorities can also pass by-laws under section 199 of the Local Government Act that allow the consumption of food and alcohol while using this street furniture.
4) Use of specific sections already present
There are already many examples in cities of tables placed outside pubs / restaurants where alcohol is consumed in a limited area. This is done in accordance with the bylaws of that city or town.
5) Gardai will always be vigilant
An Garda Síochána is responsible for enforcing liquor licensing laws and general public order.
6) What defines “authorities” in terms of alcohol consumption outside?
There is generally close cooperation between An Garda Síochána and local authorities and most approved establishments.
7) Cooperation between authorities
It is expected that the expanded provisions for outdoor meals and beverages will be applied in accordance with these existing provisions.
8) New regulations can be created
Some local authorities may need to adopt bylaws to make it easier to drink alcohol outdoors.
9) What gives the Gardai their right to the police to drink outside?
In the event that the facilities are abused or give rise to concerns on the part of An Garda Síochána about the occurrence of public order issues, they may take action for public order reasons (or for violation of licensing laws).