Guests hosted by accommodation providers across the country

All accommodation services, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, bed and breakfasts and self-catering accommodation across the country, reopened today as part of the next stage of government easing. ‘State of Covid-19 Restrictions.

Residents will be able to eat and drink inside their accommodation, while those with recreational facilities will also be allowed to reopen those services to overnight guests.

Richard (right), doorman at the Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre, watches Lucas Kolek, Bell Services Manager, carry luggage. Image: PA

Figures from the Irish Hotel Federation show bookings for July are highest in the south east at 57%, followed by 45% in the west.

Bookings were weakest in Dublin, with 10% of rooms booked for June, rising slightly to 11% in July.

Miriam Malone of Malone Guest House in Naas Co Kildare, prepares to reopen. Image: PA

Fáilte Ireland issued guidelines for the hospitality sector last Wednesday ahead of the reopening of accommodation services, followed by the return of outdoor dining in pubs, bars and restaurants from June 7.

The guidelines include a table limit of six people, rising to 15 when children 12 and under are included, and a closing time of 11:30 p.m.

No live music will be allowed and it will be table service only.

Catalina Mancas is preparing a room at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre. Image: PA

For guests arriving at their accommodation, only one person should report to reception to check in as per Fáilte Ireland guidelines, where they should be briefed on the Covid-19 protocols that have been put in place in the accommodation.

Face coverings must be worn by employees and residents at all times in indoor public spaces, while guests will only be permitted to remove their face coverings while seated at their table when dining.

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