Dublin's licensing court is expected to face a “rush” of applications for pubs to open as restaurants.
Under the government’s roadmap to lifting covid 19 restrictions restaurants and cafes can open in phase three, from June 29, but pubs, bars, nightclubs, and casinos have to keep their doors closed until phase five begins on August 10 next.
The plan states that this affects venues where social distancing and strict cleaning can be complied with.
Today an application was made by the operators of the Two Sisters pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin to be certified as a restaurant.
In the present circumstances public houses cannot open until August, their barrister Dorothy Collins told Judge Michael Coghlan at the Dublin District’s licensing court.
In order to open, the venue will have to operate as restaurant, she explained.
Counsel said that the licensing court was going to get a rush of pubs saying they are restaurants but they will have to prove the have previously operated as restaurants as well.