Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

08.24 7 Jun 2021


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Thousands of businesses are reopening today for the first time since Christmas.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors, as part of the latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

It's the first time so-called 'wet pubs' in Dublin have been given the green light to reopen their doors since March 2020.

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Gyms, theatres and cinemas are among the other businesses and venues now allowed to open their doors again.

Up to two unvaccinated households can also meet indoors from today, while up to 25 guests can now attend a wedding reception.

Padraig Cribben from the Vintners' Federation said around 4,000 pubs are expected to reopen today.

He said: "It is a momentous day after a horrendous period of 15 months of closure."

The reopening of outdoor dining comes after a weekend of unrest in Dublin city centre, during which gardaí in riot gear intervened to disperse crowds of young people.

Three gardaí were injured after glass bottles were thrown at officers, while 33 arrests were made over the course of the weekend.

It's led to concerns about plans for an 'outdoor summer', though some ministers have expressed hope the reopening of outdoor hospitality will lead to more controlled scenes over the coming weeks.

Here's the full list of restrictions easing today:

  • Unvaccinated households can have visitors from one other unvaccinated household inside their home
  • Outdoor sports matches can take places
  • Outdoor service is allowed in restaurants, bars and cafés
  • Gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual training only, while swimming lessons are now allowed
  • Cinemas and theatres can reopen, as well as drive-cinemas and drive-in bingo
  • Outdoor amusements, theme parks and funfairs can reopen
  • Partial return of driver theory test services
  • Up to 25 guests can attend a wedding reception
  • The numbers permitted at organised outdoor events can increase to a maximum of 100 for the majority of venues, with a maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
Main image: Outdoor dining in Dublin. Picture by: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

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