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Six adults and max nine children per table among new hospitality rules

Under the new guidelines, the social distancing rule will be halved for indoor and outdoor dining

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Philip Ryan

Six adults plus a maximum of nine children will be permitted at restaurant and pub tables under new rules for the hospitality industry.

Fáilte Ireland is expected to publish regulations today for outdoor dining and indoor service in hotels ahead of restrictions being eased in the coming weeks.

A maximum of 15 people will be allowed book table and this can only include six adults while the remainder can be children.

It is unclear what age will be set for children but there were discussions around setting the age at 13-years-old

Under the new guidelines, the social distancing rule will be halved for indoor and outdoor dining.

There will be no time limits imposed on people who are eating or drinking outdoors.

However, there will be a 105 minute time limit for customers who are dining inside premises where table are only one metre apart.

If tables are two metres apart there will be no time limits for customers.

Table service will only be permitted and customers will not be able to order drink or food at bars.

Pubs and restaurants will be expected to have dedicated entrances and exits while also providing sufficient ventilations. Each table will be required to give a name and telephone number of at least one person to allow for contact tracing.

The current set of guidelines will specifically apply to outdoor dining which is permitted from June 7 and indoor service for residents of hotels which will begin on June 2.

The ban on indoor dining is expected to be lifted in the first week of July.

The rules will be reviewed ahead of the resumption of indoor dining and drinking but it is not expected they will change significantly.

However, the Government is expected to come under pressure from publicans seeking to have the time limit lifted for drinking in pubs where tables are one metre apart.

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