One metre distance compulsory for people sitting at outdoor parties, say new government guidelines

People attending outdoor parties in the country have to sit at one metre distance from each other, as per the new regulations from government. The decision comes after former Minister Katherine Zappone’s party in Dublin hotel became controversial. In the party almost 50 people were attendees including Tanaiste Leo Vradkar. Later Varadkar apologized for attending the party saying ‘I probably let my guard down.’

According to the latest Fáilte Ireland guidelines for hospitality sector, physical distancing of at least one metre should be maintained between people seated at tables, even if they are seated at the same table. One metre distance should also be maintained back of chair to back of chair. The guidelines are also applicable to indoor dining.

People from the hospitality sector have already responded that this would be non-practical. “It is one of those Nphet proposals that has no basis in the practicalities faced by our industry, but it is only a guideline and, in our opinion, not legally enforceable,” said Restaurants Association of Ireland chief executive Adrian Cummins.

There is wide criticism over government’s new decision to allow 200 people for outdoor parties that, it is a hasty one in the wake of Zappone controversy. This allows restaurants and pubs to conduct big parties despite the Covid surge in Ireland in the recent past. The new guidelines also permit live music at outdoor parties including at weddings. But dancing is prohibited and receptions should be carried out indoors. If bands are present at parties, they should keep minimum two metres of distance from the guests.

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