New draft guidelines for the reopening of pubs that do not serve food have been welcomed by Cork publicans, who have called on the government to provide a reopening date.
The guidelines, drawn up by Fáilte Ireland and circulated to vintners’ groups over the weekend, are broadly the same as those implemented for pubs serving food.
Customer records are to be kept for contact tracing purposes and time slots are limited to one hour and 45 minutes where physical distancing of one metre can be maintained.
However, time slots are not required where physical distancing of two metres can be “strictly maintained”, under the new guidelines, which also state that physical distancing is required for those from different households.
Speaking to The Echo, Michael O’Donovan, who runs the Castle Inn on South Main Street and is Cork City Chairperson of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, welcomed the new guidelines.
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