A multi-million euro fund to help businesses serving food pay for more outdoor seating will be announced later today.
The hospitality sector has sustained significant losses because of coronavirus restrictions and when pubs and restaurants do reopen the emphasis will be on outdoor dining.
Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin, along with Fáilte Ireland, will announce the establishment of a €17m fund where businesses serving food can apply for funding to help pay for more outdoor seating.
Grants would average around €4,000 for each premises and can cover expenses incurred since last April.
Local authorities will also be able to apply for funding to develop permanent public dining spaces in specially zoned streets in towns and cities .