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'staff first' Cork pub applauded for not reopening indoors until all staff are vaccinated

Indoor hospitality in pubs and restaurants will resume for fully vaccinated and Covid-recovered people on Monday, July 26

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The award-winning drinks and food spot, The Bulman in Kinsale (pic from Twitter)

The award-winning drinks and food spot, The Bulman in Kinsale (pic from Twitter)

The award-winning drinks and food spot, The Bulman in Kinsale (pic from Twitter)

A well-known Cork pub has been applauded for putting their staff first by not reopening their doors to the public until they are all vaccinated. 

The award-winning drinks and food spot, The Bulman in Kinsale, has said that even though indoor drinking and dining gets the go-ahead, they’ll wait until all their team are protected.

"It looks like very soon we will have the option to open inside to fully vaccinated people," they said on Twitter.

“While our hard working and brilliant young workforce remain unvaccinated, we at the Bulman have decided to remain as an outdoor dining and drinks venue until further notice."

One person responded: “Doubt whether an employer who describes their staff as "hard working and brilliant" would have made such a decision without consultation. Sounds like a wonderful and caring employer to me Thumbs up. I look forward to visiting the next time I make it to glorious Kinsale!”

Another added: “Well done for many reasons. No apartheid there and a nice way to do it. Will make a trip to support you regardless of the weather. Well done.”

One other response stated: “Good call for this place. Social distancing would probably be too much of a challenge here. Every place has to do what’s right for them. Other places have lots of indoor space but can’t accommodate outdoor dining. So Bulmen on warm days and other indoor places when raining.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that indoor hospitality in pubs and restaurants will resume for fully vaccinated and Covid-recovered people on Monday, July 26.

President Michael D Higgins earlier signed the Health Amendment No 2 Bill, that was passed in both the Dáil and the Seanad before being signed into law by the president today.

The final guidelines for indoor dining were agreed between government officials, publicans and restaurateurs yesterday.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there will be a maximum of six people per table and people will be required to wear a mask when they are walking around in pubs and restaurants.

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There will be no time limits on how long you can dine for, but the 11.30pm closing time is set to remain, with a review expected in the future.

A Digital Covid Certificate QR reader will be used by pubs and restaurants in order to check for valid vaccine certificates, but paper certificates will still be accepted by hospitality staff.

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