Via RTÉ News:
Tickets required to enter clubs and venues will have to be purchased electronically at least one hour in advance, under rules discussed this morning between government officials and industry representatives.
The rules, which are due to be signed into law on Thursday, will also stipulate that there should be no congregating at doors of venues and ticket holders only should be allowed in queues.
The requirement for a ticket will be determined by whether dancing is taking place, rather than live music as previously envisaged.
Industry representatives have asked for a grace period of at least two weeks to allow them to get their electronic ticketing system and other logistical requirements in place.
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin at the Button Factory, Dublin
The Department of Enterprise and the Department of Arts and Culture and industry stakeholders are meeting this morning to finalise plans for how nightclubs and late-night venues will operate – including plans for the the new proposed ticketing system.
Via RTÉ News:
Licensed Vintners Association Chief Executive Donall O’Keeffe said the sector still does not know what guidelines to operate under and said the situation is really fluid.
“It’s very unacceptable really that four days after reopening, after the longest lockdown in the world, after 595 days of closure, we still don’t know what guidelines we’re supposed to be operating.”
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he said the sector would need guidelines today if they were to be implemented by the weekend.
The industry should be given at least a two-week grace period in order to get a system in place, he added.
The ticketing requirement was “dropped like a bombshell on Friday evening“, he said.
Mr O’Keeffe said the sudden change in guidelines means that many bars will not now put on live music, which he said means many musicians will not get gigs they were hoping for in the run-up to Christmas.