Any Spare Tickets? [Updated]


This afternoon.

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.

One-hour advance purchase of nightclub tickets propose (RTÉ)


Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin at the Button Factory, Dublin

This morning.

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.

Guidelines for nightclubs, late venues to be discussed (RTÉ)


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6 thoughts on “Any Spare Tickets? [Updated]

  1. SOQ

    Electronic tickets must be booked at least an hour before arrival at live events

    If the purpose of this is to provide tracing- what difference will it make if the tickets were booked five hours or five minutes before entry? They really are making it up as they go along, and trying to make it as difficult as possible for these venues to do business again.

    Congregations cannot occur outside venues where the risk of transmission is low? What logic is there in that?

  2. Dr.Fart

    covid roaming the nightclubs looking for someone without a ticket to infect. It’s right down there with the “a big oul dinner will protect you” nonsense.

    1. SOQ

      Given the absolute silence on this issue by the usual suspects today- pretty sure it is not just Stephen Donnelly.

      Although Donnelly did claim to be a Social Democrat once upon a time- Zig and Zag are friends apparently- they also have fists shove up their bottoms on a regular basis.

      I’d be surprised if that moron from The Rubberbandits is not involved in this BS btw.

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