Gardaí find 24 pubs potentially in breach of Covid-19 rules

Under current regulations pubs must serve food costing at least €9 to customers drinking alcohol. File photo

Gardaí found 24 pubs were potentially breaking Covid-19 health regulations last week, including over the bank holiday weekend.

In most instances the alleged breaches related to pubs not serving food with alcohol, a Garda statement said.

“The majority of these cases continue to refer to no evidence of food being served or consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold,” it said.

Under current regulations pubs must serve food costing at least €9 to customers drinking alcohol. Other regulations include a 105-minute limit on visits and minimum one-metre social distancing provisions.

Since July 3rd, 105 premises have been found in breach of regulations or guidelines.

“We are continuing to see high levels of compliance by licenced premises to the Public Health Regulations and this was especially evident across the bank holiday weekend,” said Deputy Commissioner for Policing and Security John Twomey.

“However, there are still a minority of licenced premises that are failing to adhere to the regulations. An Garda Síochána is asking that licensed premises and their customers continue to play their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community.”

The full re-opening of pubs, without the requirement to serve food, will not happen until at least August 31st.

This follows advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team and international evidence of an increase in community transmission if pubs and nightclubs open too early.