Public health measures now in place from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

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Following public health advice, the following measures will be introduced with effect from 7 December and remain in place until 9 January:

Bars and restaurants

Strict social distancing is required in all bars and restaurants, including hotels (reverting to pre-22 October measures), including:

  • table service only (no counter service)
  • 1 metre between tables
  • maximum 6 adults per table (maximum 15 persons when including children aged 12 and younger)
  • no multiple table bookings and no intermingling
  • masks when not seated at table
  • closing time remains unchanged (midnight closing time for all on-licenced premises)

Indoor entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events

  • maximum 50% capacity at indoor entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events which must be fully seated. This does not include religious or educational events or normal workplace business activity
  • face masks should be worn at all times unless eating or drinking
  • requirement for COVID pass (vaccination or recovery) for gyms and leisure centres (excluding access to swimming pools or standalone swimming pool facilities) and hotel bars and restaurants (that is, removing exemption for residents). With appropriate exemptions for those for whom a hotel setting is their permanent resident (for example, those in emergency accommodation or other state-supported accommodation arrangements)
  • nightclubs will regrettably not be able to open

there will be no change to weddings or outdoor gatherings.