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Irish pubs update: Bosses clarify rules confusion as thousands head to bars after full reopening

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Irish pub bosses have cleared up confusion over new Covid rules after most restrictions were lifted.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed in an address to the nation on Friday that most emergency measures had been removed.

This includes the 8 p.m. curfew that had been put in place for the hospitality sector.

Thousands of people flocked to pubs, bars and restaurants over the weekend to take advantage of the return of pubs, bars and clubs.

However, the rapid change in policy left many customers confused as to which rules remained in place, with chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan advising that the use of masks should remain at least until February.

But exactly when face coverings were mandatory and when they were optional became a point of contention over the weekend.



Scenes at Grogans Pub in Dublin as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

And the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), Dublin’s publicans’ representative body, has confirmed that masks are now only compulsory for staff in customer-facing positions.

They added that members of the public can now “make their own decisions” and that it is not mandatory to wear a face covering when walking around a pub.

The LVA wrote on Twitter: “Still lots of questions about face masks in pubs/other hospitality venues.

“As of January 22, 2022, the new rules are:

“- Must be worn by staff in customer-facing roles.

“- Customers/audience can make their own decisions but no longer need to be carried inside.”

Here is a complete list of settings where wearing a mask is always required: