Clubbing Q&A: Queuing at the bar, Covid certs and staying out until 3am – what you need to know if you're heading out tonight

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As nightclubs get set to reopen tonight, there are plenty of questions on how to enjoy a safe night out.

Q. I haven’t been paying too much attention, to be honest, but now it’s the bank holiday weekend and I’m ready to par-tay. What do I need to know?

A. Yes, you can go clubbing, although not all may be ready to accommodate you.

You will have to show proof of vaccination to get in. You can dance (dancing the time of your life)… and you can also drink.

You will have to wear a face mask when moving around indoors, apart from when dancing or using your mouth to consume food/drink/other people.

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Q. Deadly. Anything else?

A. They’re, um, emphasising the need for “personal responsibility”, although even the Taoiseach has emphasised that “anything that traditionally goes on in a nightclub can go on in a nightclub.”

At the same time as social closeness, you are also asked to observe social distancing.

Q. Bit of a contradiction?

A. Yes, and the internet doesn’t have bandwidth sufficient to address all the anomalies and inconsistencies of the Irish Government response to Covid-19.

But it basically means you can’t mob the bar. Queue like you would in a shop. Order fast, and get the hell out of there.

Q. Actually I’m not sure I want to be out until 3am every night this weekend…

A. Very wise. Bars and pubs can also now stay open longer. So you can call it an early night later in the night, as it were. Operating times for licensed premises will return to normal. None of this English-style glass-clattering nonsense early doors.

Q. Well, I was more thinking of going to a gig. What’s the story there?

A. Forgive the Civil Service speak, but “venues operating for the purposes of live entertainment or nightclubs can reopen fully subject to the use of the Covid-19 pass”.

You can stand, you can dance, the works. And specific distances for social distancing are being removed, once you get in by showing you’re fully jabbed.

After that you just have to be safe, baby. And do what they say.

Q. I must barge in here, not to dance with this person you’ve been speaking to, but because I own the place and my employees and I haven’t a clue what the latest is. So what’s the latest?

A. You’re really asking if they’re going to be checking up on you, aren’t you?

Well, venues must comply with the rules. Staff have to wear face masks throughout and check patrons at the door to establish they are fully vaccinated.

There has to be a designated dance floor, or audience area for viewing a performance – not the whole place. Events should be ticketed as far as possible to facilitate contact tracing.

Q. Yeah, but inspections, like?

“Venues operating for the purposes of live entertainment and nightclubs should be aware that they may be subject to inspection by compliance officers from the Health Service Executive and/or the Health and Safety Authority.”

Q. But no Guards?

A. Look mate, it’s your licence. You saw what happened to the other guy whose staff got carried away… all it takes is a referral to the gardaí by these inspectors when you have to renew at the District Court.

And the Guards do have powers to immediately seek closure if your premises ends up looking like Kabul airport in August. Apart from all that — rock on!

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