No live music, no standing at the bar: Publicans lay out plans for opening up before August

Pubs will offer table service only under proposals by the licenced trade to open their premises before the proposed date of August 10th.

Both the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), which represents publicans outside Dublin, and the Licenced Vintners Federation (LVI) have put forward measures which they believe should allow them to open along with restaurants and cafes at the end of June rather than in August.

Nobody will be allowed to sit, stand or order at the bar. Numbers on the premises will be confined to no more than four per every 10 square metres and a maximum of six people will be permitted at any one table.

Customers will be required to use hand sanitiser upon entry. Staff will be asked to maintain a safe distance from customers when taking orders and to wash their hands thoroughly every 30 minutes.

Outside spaces will be utilised to enhance social distancing and there may be limits on how many can use toilets at any one time.

There will be no live music or DJs and gardaí or the HSE will have the power to close any business who is flouting the public health guidelines.

Currently the Government has proposed that pubs should open in the fifth and last phase of the lifting of lockdown restrictions. The fifth phase is due to start on August 10th.