Fáilte Ireland operational guidelines for Pubs


Yesterday, 17 June 2020, Fáilte Ireland in line with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) published guidelines for the reopening of pubs.

The comprehensive Guidelines (click here to view) contain a range of measures to be implemented, some of which include :-

  • Social Distancing for Customers – The Guidelines state that physical distancing of 2 metres should be kept between tables. However, if this is not possible, the Guidelines state that this can be reduced to 1 metre in “controlled environments” where the requirements set out in Appendix 1 of the Guidelines have been met.
  • Social Distancing for Employees – The Guidelines state that a distance of 2 metres and a minimum of 1 metre should be maintained between employees “as far as reasonably possible”. Where a 2-metre distance between employees isn’t possible, “all other measures to protect employees should be in place”. The Guidelines give examples of such measures, including the provision of PPE where required.
  • Duration – The Guidelines state that pre-booked time slots should be put in place that are for a maximum of 105 minutes. It is also stated that a period of at least 15 minutes between bookings should be set in order to allow proper cleaning and the arrival and departure of customers without mixing. Fáilte Ireland have confirmed that unless something changes in the government roadmap, this time limit will only last until Phase 4 on 20 July, when  pubs can reopen without selling food.
  • Contact Tracing – The Guidelines state that businesses must take the name and contact number of one person within each party. These details must be securely kept for 1 month.
  • Meals – The Guidelines states that pubs opening in Phase 3 are required to serve a “substantial meal” defined (under the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1962) as “such as might be expected to be served as a main midday or evening meal or as a main course in either such meal”. The meal being offered must also cost not less than €9.

Compton Solicitors along with other industry professionals have also published a comprehensive guide to re-opening your businesses. This practical guide (click here to view) is a living document and will be updated with the latest information and developments, as they become available.

This document is intended to provide a general overview and guidance on a particular topic. It is provided wholly without any liability or responsibility on the part of Compton Solicitors and does not replace the necessity to obtain specific legal advice.

 Please contact Lorraine Compton or Fiona Tonge for more information: –
  • Lorraine Compton on 086 – 253 4651 or lorraine.compton@comptonsolicitors.ie


  • Fiona Tonge on 089 – 471 4128 or

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