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Draft guidelines for the reopening of pubs have been drawn up, but there is no clear date for when they will get the go-ahead.

The guidelines, prepared by Fáilte Ireland, share many of the rules already in place for pubs that serve food.

The 25-page document has been sent out to stakeholders in the pub trade this weekend.

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If publicans can make room for enough social distancing, groups of up to six will be allowed to stay longer than 105 minutes.

This group of six must be from no more than three households.

If the full two metres of social distancing is "strictly" enforced, they will be allowed to stay longer than 105 minutes too.

But as with restaurants up to now, queuing at the bar will be banned, and it will be table service only.

Last orders will be called early, with all customers required to be off the premises by 11.30pm.

Publicans will also be required to fully disinfect their bars a minimum of twice a day.

As yet, it is still not clear whether these guidelines will be part of the new roadmap for reopening to be brought in on starting this day next week.

Reporting by Stephen Bourke

Main image: File photo. Credit: Christian_Birkholz from Pixabay 

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