Indoor Dining Back next Monday

The Cabinet meets this morning when it is likely to discuss the reopening of indoor dining, although the decision to go ahead from next Monday has already been taken.

Much progress was made yesterday on the guidelines around reopening of indoor dining. There will be no time limits and checks of vaccination certificates will be made at the point of seating.

A Covid scanner is being developed by Government to allow businesses to check certs.

Some details remain to be agreed and the guidelines will not be published until the legislation underpinning them is signed into law.

Therevwill be stricter rules for social distancing when unvaccinated children are present

Under the plans, a previous time limit of 105 minutes for tables within one metre of each other will be scrapped – but an 11.30pm closing time will remain, to be reviewed at a later date.

Digital and paper certs will be accepted, while an app will be rolled out for businesses to check customers’ vaccination status on entry.