Sat, 31 Jul 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland is moving forward to reopen indoor dining throughout the country following 16 months of Covid lockdowns.

New guidelines will allow indoor dining for those who are fully vaccinated and present a vaccination certificate, beginning July 27.

Irish President Michael D Higgins had earlier signed legislation into law outlining the new dining guidelines.

Plans call for there being no time limits on diners.

Also, a scanner s being developed to allow restaurants to quickly check vaccination certificates.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Michel Martin said on Monday that the nation's vaccine program is effectively being carried out.

"We have all got to adhere to the guidelines, no matter how tired we are of this pandemic," Martin said.

Also, Michael O'Donovan, the Chairman of the Cork City and County VFI branch, said restaurants will assign a staff member to check customer vaccination certificates at restaurant front doors.

He also said most publicans have adequate ventilation in their locations and many have ordered CO2 monitors as an extra precaution, while others have installed air purification systems.

Speaking to RTE, Alan Grehan, manager of the Sprezzatura restaurant in Dublin, said there is a greater understanding of Covid-19, and he believes checking for certifications will become second nature for hospitality staff members.

Also on Monday, Vintners Federation of Ireland Chief Executive Padraig Cribben said the guidelines that will allow pubs to reopen on Monday are almost complete.

"While our members will be relieved to reopen next Monday, there remains a significant challenge in policing the vaccine pass. It will require the full support of the public to ensure this temporary solution runs smoothly," Cribben said, according to RTE.

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