DUBLIN, Ireland - The Minister of Culture and Arts has guaranteed that nightclubs would open at total capacity.
Speaking to RT News on Thursday evening, Catherine Martin stated that in live events, a maximum of 1,500 people could stand with 100 percent seats.
The safety procedures, she said, were essential to strike a balance between public health and the reopening of all businesses. In a few weeks, the measures will be reevaluated.
Multiple table bookings are permitted in hospitality environments, with a maximum of ten per table. People are allowed to line at the bar, but they must maintain a social distance and return to their table to drink.
Ministers have agreed that when nightclubs in Northern Ireland reopen at the end of the month, people would not be required to wear masks while dancing.
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen on October 31, and the social distancing restrictions that presently limit capacity in bars and restaurants will be changed from regulations to recommendations.
From that date, people will freely roam about hospitality venues, even standing at the bar for a drink. At the end of the month, indoor dancing will also return to the hospitality industry.