Gardaí found 22 pubs breaking Covid-19 regulations last week

Most violations related to no food being served with alcohol. Photo: iStock

Gardaí found 22 pubs were potentially breaking Covid-19 health regulations last week.

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, 80 premises have been found in breach of regulations or guidelines. Files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of these cases.

“An Garda Síochána is delighted to see a continued high level of compliance by licensed premises to the Public Health Regulations. However there are still a minority of licensed premises that are failing to adhere to the regulations,” said Deputy Commissioner for Policing and Security John Twomey.

“In such circumstances gardaí will continue its graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent and I would appeal to publicans to comply in all circumstances to help stop the spread of Covid-19.”

A decision on the full re-opening of pubs, without the requirement to serve food, is expected next week.

The Government has signalled pubs may not reopen fully on August 10th if conditions are not right.