Fáilte Ireland has issued draft operational guidelines for the hospitality industry in advance of the re-opening of indoor hospitality on Monday next, July 26.
The operational guidelines have been developed by Government officials and Fáilte Ireland in consultation with the hospitality representative bodies.
The guidelines provide information and guidance on the systems and protective measures that must be implemented in accordance with public health advice and legislation underpinning this phase of the re-opening of indoor hospitality.
The guidelines will provide practical guidance for the safe reopening of indoor hospitality while also helping to instil public confidence in the safety of businesses.
While businesses providing indoor hospitality are being asked to implement and adhere to specified protective measures, so too must customers who are availing of indoor hospitality to ensure a safe environment for all.
The key element of this guidance is that reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that no person, other than a ‘permitted person’, is admitted to relevant indoor premises. Permitted persons are those with acceptable proof of immunity or children under 18 in their care.
Details of acceptable proofs of immunity, including the EU Digital COVID Certificate, are available on https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/41f70-reopening-hospitality/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/reopeninghospitality/
Businesses may check the validity of EU Digital COVID Certificates using the online QR scanner at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b1dc9-how-to-use-the-digital-covid-certificate-checker/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/DCCchecker/
Customers may also be asked to present a photo ID to show that the proof of immunity relates to them.
Fáilte Ireland’s sector operational guidelines are updated in line with the Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2021.
The operational guidelines are live on https://covid19.failteireland.ie/operational-guidelines/
Jenny De Saulles, Director of Sector Development at Fáilte Ireland, said the new guidelines are a "critical part in helping tourism businesses safely re-open for indoor hospitality":
“Throughout this crisis we have been working with tourism and hospitality businesses and with Government to provide the businesses with the practical guidance and supports they need. The next phase of recovery is the re-opening of indoor hospitality and renewing its vital contribution to job creation and regional development. We will continue to focus our resources on providing critical operational and business supports to ensure the re-opening and recovery of tourism and hospitality and to safeguard the viability and competitiveness of our tourism industry.”
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