The International Bar, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 prepares to re-open.
The Old Stand, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.
Earlier: Like Work Cubicles With Hooch
Via The UK Sun:
Broadcasters have now received private assurances from Government that pubs will be allowed to show the matches, but it must be kept quiet.
A Government insider said: “Pubs and bars can show live sport but shouting and/or chanting is not permitted for the same reason that live music isn’t.
Name that match (above), anyone?
Earlier: A Limerick A Day
Fade Street, Dublin 2.
RTÉ’s Will Goodbody tweetz:
Previously open plan, this is what the radical alterations made by the Market Bar in Dublin to enable it to reopen today look like. Individual booths for all customer groups. Capacity has more or less halved as a result, but it still needs the same number of staff.
Physical Distancing guidelines for pubs
Have you seen the actual guidelines proposed for bars (see above)? They are either trying to kill the pub or destroy any sense of community a pub can provide. I would love to know why.
There’s a feeling of inevitability about this descent into absurdity. The Irish ruling class don’t do accountability.
A policy reversal is unthinkable. Instead of holding their hands up and admitting the blanket shutdowns were an overreaction – that it’s time to open up and let citizens take responsibility for their individual behaviours, they’re now desperately trying to save face and keep the narrative going with these overly-cautious trade-off measures.
It doesn’t matter that nowhere in Europe has seen a sustained rise in cases after easing lockdowns or holding mass gatherings in recent times. Arbitrary numbers are plucked out of the sky.
How can any citizen have respect for an authority that will tell them to obey a 105 minute time limit for their own good when it’s plainly obvious that taking personal responsibility completely overrides that? If anything, setting a short time limit may encourage rapid binge-drinking in some.
Earlier: A Limerick A Day
From top: The Stag’s Head, Dublin; Tara Kerry of Fáilte Ireland
Tara Kerry, registrar and Accommodation Manager at Fáilte Ireland, spoke on RTÉ Radio One to Claire Byrne about the new pub guidelines.
Ms Kerry was as clear as a freshly poured stout.
Claire Byrne: “Where does Failte Ireland stand on this notion, if you go to a pub, you have to spend €9 on a meal?”
Tara Kerry: “Well there’s an interesting story behind that. The €9 meal, just to give you a bit of context on it. The value of a meal as set out by ministerial order, under Section 9 of the Intoxication Liquor Act 1962. But in 1979, this is where it gets interesting, in the act was amended to reflect the rate of two punts, two pounds in the day, which was seen as an appropriate charge for a substantial meal.
“Now, in 2003, the then Minister for Justice Michael McDowell updated the act under statutory instrument to reflect the equivalent value of the day in 2003 of €9. Now that €9 still stands under the act today. So €9 is what is in the act so €9 is what actually going to be required for a substantial meal.”
Byrne: “So what if you go into a smaller pub and they’re serving soup and sandwiches? And it’s €9?”
Kerry: “Well, if you look, a lot of bars, it would cost, in or around the €9 but again, we have to follow the law of the land on this. And €9 is the price. So they might end up having a cup of coffee with their meal aswell to make it the €9-plus.”
Byrne: “OK, and will you have to buy €9 or does it have to be offered to you?”
Kerry: “No you would have to buy it. That is our understanding of the act, you have to buy it.”
Byrne: “OK. And who will be responsible for policing that?”
Kerry: “Again, that is one of the other areas that we are seeking clarity on...But can I say to you, though, one of the things is, and having a wide experience of the industry myself, I’ve grown up in the industry and worked in it for most of my life. I firmly believe that business owners who have the best interest of both their customers and employees at heart, will actually self-police this themselves.”
Byrne: “Because there was a suggestion this morning that you might have a group that would spend 90 minutes in one establishment, somebody buys a meal for €9 and then they pop along to the next one and somebody else buys a meal for €9, ensuring that they have a good, long chunk of drinking time.”
Kerry: “Well I think that the public now, on the back of where we have been for the last 13 weeks, will actually, there’s obviously going to be exceptions to the rule but I do think that people will honour what is actually in place and the importance of allowing businesses to reopen.
“Because these food operations have been closed for a substantial period of time and now to have the opportunity to reopen is fantastic. It’s great for employment, it’s great from a Revenue perspective. And I think that both owners and customers will be compliant.”
Byrne: “Will that €9 meal requirement be removed for pubs after the 20th of July?”
Kerry: “It will.”
Byrne: “So all pubs will be allowed open after the 20th of July?”
Kerry: “Well it’s based on the current advice that we have as yet. Unless something changes on the government’s roadmap to reopening.”
Byrne: “And what about contact-tracing measures then. What actions will pubs have to take to ensure that they’re ready for contact-tracing, should they need to do it?”
Kerry: “Another area that we are actually seeking clarity on because obviously there are GDPR issues related to it. So we just want to find the best method for that. Because obviously public health has to be taken into account.
“And the pre-booking element, if that is to be taken up by businesses, will assist in that because if you were to get, and this is our suggestion, if you were to take just the lead booking of a group, rather than each indivduals, we also seek clarity on how long that information will have to be retained for.”
Byrne: “There’s a real concern amongst some business owners that they’re just going to miss out on so much passing trade because of that pre-booking requirement.”
Kerry: “Well the thing about this is, if you read through the document, basically it’s stating that you can still take walk-ins but you would have to retain the two-metre distancing. The pre-booking is one of the caveats for the one-metre distancing.”
Byrne: “OK, so if you are operating with one metre, you will have to take pre-booking.”
Kerry: “That’s exactly it yeah.”
Byrne: “OK. Even if it’s two minutes before they sit down?”
Kerry: “Again that would be down to each operating business and how they actually operate their booking systems.”
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Shuttered boozers in Dublin city centre.
From top: The Bleeding Horse; The Lucky Duck; The Swan and The Bleeding Horse.
Will the pints go off, daddy?
The Oliver Saint John Gogarty pub in Dublin
The Irish Times reports:
The possibility that pubs may not reopen until a vaccine for Covid-19 has been found has been described as a “nightmare scenario” by the body that represents Dublin publicans.
The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) said many pubs would be put out of business permanently if such a lengthy closure occurred.
It was commenting after Heineken Ireland put its staff on a four-day week for two months due to the fall-off in demand for its beer products.
…Minister for Health Simon Harris said at the weekend he could not see how people could return to “packed pubs” as long as the virus was still in the community and in the absence of a vaccine.
On Today with Seán O’Rourke this morning…
Noel Anderson, managing director of Lemon & Duke and vice-chairman of Licensed Vintners’ Association told Mr O’Rourke:
“All our staff, and we’re delighted for them, are currently being looked after to a point. They’re getting the €350 payment a week. But businesses haven’t been really looked after yet, in my opinion.
“And in certain areas, we’ve been left high and dry. So we feel like we’ve done our bit and we will get to where we need to be but we’re gonna need grants.
“Nobody needs a loan. Rates is currently being deferred. You’re only making the problem worse for when you open, so we’re going to need grants not loans. And then when we do open, we’re going to need massive tax assistance.”
Mr Anderson added:
“I would like to see the Government work with us a little bit better. I was pretty disappointed to read in a Sunday newspaper what was said…like, let’s sit down and have a chat about what social distancing looks like, what financial assistance looks like. Let’s not be reading it over our Cornflakes.”
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