Pubs in Ireland could be issued sanctions if found disobeying COVID-19 regulations

Pubs are being warned of sanctions that could be implemented if they are found to be disobeying COVID-19 regulations in place for the safe reopening of restaurants and bars across the country.

There are reportedly hundreds of inspectors around the country who will be making checks to ensure guidelines are being abided by.

60% of pubs have now reopened as phase three of Ireland's roadmap commenced on Monday, June 29.

According to, the following may reopen:

  • cafs and restaurants providing on-premises food and beverages

  • pubs and hotel bars operating as restaurants

There have already been 5,000 checks carried out, with sanctions being made in certain circumstances.

Pubs are only allowed to reopen now if they serve a minimum meal worth 9 to customers.

Tables can only be occupied by one group of people for a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes.

Social distancing must be in place in bars and pubs acting as restaurants, with a cap on the number of people allowed entry at one time.

Phase 4 of Ireland's Roadmap for reopening society and business is due to commence on July 20, subject to government approval.

The main changes will be:

  • pubs, bars, hotel bars, and casinos may reopen

  • gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors will be permissible