Copper Face Jacks, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 tonight
Queue for Coppers in Dublin at 9pm as nightclubs reopen after months of lockdown pic.twitter.com/f1GO5x5KUE
— Enda O’Dowd (@endajodowd) October 22, 2021
Nightclubs and late venues around Ireland should only allow entry to people who have purchased tickets in advance, according to new guidelines published this evening.
They cannot be sold at the door. The same rules will also apply to underage events such as teenage discos.
Ticketing will be required for the purposes of contact tracing for all nightclubs and venues and will be the subject of regulations to be put in place next week.
RTÉ understands the tickets will only be on sale in a digital format and not printed.
A valid Covid-19 Digital Certificate, with photo identification, is required for admission to all venues operating for the purposes of live entertainment and nightclubs.
You should be.
Via Irish Times:
‘…The resulting hotchpotch of restrictions and protocols has become the focus of debate in advance of the reopening, with publicans and venue owners complaining of anomalies and inconsistencies in the new rules. The Vintners’ Federation asked earlier this week how it was safe for 200 people to be dancing in a nightclub when eight people cannot throw darts in a pub.
Such questions are understandable, and some of the concerns will have been addressed by the guidelines issued by Government yesterday after consultation with the industry. But to expect that there will be no inconsistencies – that there will be “equality of treatment” as another industry group put it – rather misses the point.
At many stages in the pandemic, it has been Government policy, based on public health advice, to differentiate between settings depending on the nature of mixing that takes place there and the needs of individual businesses.
The overall aim is to keep opportunities for disease transmission as low as possible without allowing businesses go to the wall. On paper the more sensible precautionary step would be to halt the reopening of indoor gathering spaces entirely.
It may yet come to that if current trends persist, but for now differentiation – and, yes, some inconsistency – is the compromise.’
Irish Times editorial.
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