Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Issue Clarification on New Measures

On 18 August 2020, the Government announced additional measures in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the following for Cultural and social activities:

  • they should close by 11.30pm
  • all customer facing staff to wear face coverings
  • all customers to wear face coverings until seated and again on departure
  • they are required to keep contact details to support contact tracing
  • all customers to be seated at a table, with no seating allowed at the bar and table service only
  • maximum of 6 seated at a table
  • no formal or informal events or parties should be organised in these premises
  • all tables must have hand sanitiser

These measures will remain in place until 13 September 2020. The Government will prepare a Roadmap for resilience and recovery before that date.….

In clarification for the arts sector on Wednesday 19 August, and Thursday 20 August the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht released a statement:

Businesses/services such as cinemas, galleries, theatres etc are deemed to be controlled environments, with appropriate protective measures in place such as physical distancing between people.

These venues can continue to operate where appropriate physical distancing and all other protective measures can continue to be maintained. Individual groupings attending these venues must be limited to six people from no more than 3 households. Overall attendance must adhere to an overall limit of 50 people. All other indoor cultural events are subject to the 6 person maximum rule.

All outdoor events are subject to the new limits of 15. These events are deemed as mass gatherings where there is a concentration of people at a specific location for a specific purpose over a set period of time. These types of events provide opportunities for the virus to spread.

For further assistance, event organisers in the cultural sector can email with their query and contact number. The Department will respond to your query as promptly as possible.


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