Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Tourism Industry

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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991. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address a matter regarding the re-opening of hotels (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5901/20]

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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In line with the sequence of actions detailed in the ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’  hotels (but not hotel bars) are due to re-open in Phase 4. In this regard Fáilte Ireland is currently finalising guidelines for the tourism sector, in consultation with the tourism industry and relevant authorities.

Phase 4 of the Roadmap will permit “small social gatherings by family and close friends limited to a maximum number of attendees, for a limited period of time where social distancing can be maintained (e.g. small weddings, baptisms)”. Phase 5 allows for some larger social gatherings (e.g. large weddings), although these will be restricted due to the risks involved. 

All decisions regarding large social gatherings will be guided by public health advice.  My officials await further clarification on the restrictions applying to social gatherings and will communicate all clarifications when received.

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