Pubs must serve meals costing at least €9 to reopen this month, under new Covid guidelines
If you want pints in June you must eat
A large pile of veggies and meat
Because Covid dies
Around burger and fries
But infects those who drink on their feet
Interesting. So Covid in Ireland has evolved to point where it transmits to two metres but only in a non-bar setting, and you can’t get it in a pub IF you’re having a substantial meal but only if it’s more than €9. If less, Covid will know this and strike. Fascinating mutation.
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) June 17, 2020
“Government sources indicated they [draft guidelines] refer to a maximum length of stay for customers of up to 90 minutes in a food service premises including pubs serving food and it would also be necessary for customers to pre-book before turning up at a restaurant or a pub serving food.
Now that might sound like progress for such businesses in the sense that the two-metre rule would become one metre which is what they wanted.
But there’s likely to be some major practical difficulties there. Like, for example, establishments that rely heavily on walk-in trade only, like hotels perhaps, would there business disappear?
And for pubs, for example, would 90 minutes be sufficient for most customers? Certainly it would involve a change in behaviour for many people I think…”
Journalist Will Goodbody on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland earlier.