The future of the Irish pub has been unveiled, with historic snugs reborn, glass and timber screens, stylish new safety structures, traffic lights controlling toilet use and temperature screening on the way in.
It seems the Irish pub as we knew it has been consigned to the annals of history - at least while as Covid is a threat or perhaps longer.
The pubs that will greet us when they reopen on August 10 will be unrecognisable to the ones that had become an integral part of Irish culture.
Joinery specialist Liam Hurley, from Laois, has been working with Irish pubs across the country and all over the world for 30 years.
Mr Hurley, who runs Team Woodcraft in Ballybrittas, Co Laois, has provided carpentry services to a host of large and small pubs throughout the years. But he's currently carrying out work to retrofit 22 pubs across the country with Covid-19 protective screens, snugs and other adaptations.
"We're making dividing screens, snugs just like those you'd see in the pub in 'Peaky Blinders' and maitre d' stations," Mr Hurley said.
"When you're sitting down with a couple of friends or family members, there will be a screen between you and the other table."
Some in the trade agree the new-look bars will remove the "social" element to pubs but for now, such measures are a necessity, many feel.
Mr Hurley is measuring up screens for some larger pubs in Dublin, across the country and even globally. The typical screen is 1.9 metres high and is made of glass and timber.
They are also being built to divide tables in the middle of bar floors, creating new snugs, or 'confession boxes,' once favoured in Victorian times as private spots for gardaí, clergymen and anyone looking for a hideaway.
"All the customers at one table will see is a silhouette of the people at the other table through the glass. It's that old snug-type ribbed glass you can't see through. It will give you that privacy."
All the screens are being sprayed with medical-grade lacquer, according to Mr Hurley, to prevent bacteria sitting on them.
"They're also easy to wipe down," he said.
The screens will be placed around bar counters, creating a divider between the staff and the floor, though customers will be seated and not permitted to stand at the bar.
The screens being built currently measure 1.2 metres from the counter top up.
"We're also putting in screens at entrances and maitre d' stations," Mr Hurley said.
"The plan for the pubs I'm speaking to is for someone to be standing there to show customers to their seat.
"We're numbering the tables for the customers and publicans. If people are happy sitting at a seat, they'll be able to book it for the next Friday night.
"This is not about opening the doors and everyone flooding in, it's about giving people confidence to go out."
He said snugs and screens were a major part of making people feel safe to enjoy their drink and a meal.
"Some publicans are looking for me to make big menu blackboards to place round the pubs, rather than putting menus on tables. People will be able to order from apps on their phones.
"And some are turning smoking areas into food areas. So there will be no smoking areas attached to some bars while others are cutting them in half."
Pubs are also making up for some tables lost inside, extending eating areas outside.
The screens to build a snug cost up to €900 and the screens across bars are around €240 a metre.
Donal O'Gorman, who owns O'Gorman's bar in Kilminchy, Portlaoise, is having work carried out on his premises and he's just received screens to create snugs across the pub.
"We are going to have 15 snugs," Mr O'Gorman said.
"We normally have 120 customers, so we will have maybe 70 with the restrictions, as they stand now.
"I'm getting a fair bit of work done because I understand the social-distancing aspect of everything, so I'm preparing going forward.
"The way I'm looking at this is the virus might be here for two years. If it comes back to us again, we will future-proof our pub and I think we can do that."
He said it was easy enough to do it but it is a costly job.
"The only problem we will have is if two people come in, they could end up sitting at a table for four and that's that number down.
"So we theoretically can service 70 but it might only get to 50."
Mr O'Gorman is also looking to arrange for customers to be able to order food online and he's having a traffic light sensory system fitted this weekend, to control the numbers using the pub toilets.
"Most pubs will spend a lot of money on reinventing the wheel and I don't think they'll take shortcuts. I think they'll do social distancing right and prepare to keep the fixtures for the long term.
"I'm having the traffic-light system fitted because we can't have people hanging around together in the corridor, waiting on the toilet anymore," he said.
A red light will signal when the toilet is full and a green when someone can enter.
"I do think, sadly, the vast majority of small pubs in Ireland will close due to the restrictions," he said.
"Those that survive will do so because of their size and willingness to adapt, but we could do with some Government funding for such expensive adaptations. We are doing this to keep people safe."
Ken Jones, technical sales manager at Forward Vision Security in Dublin, has received enquiries from pubs across Ireland on the traffic lights sensor systems, temperature screens and head-counting cameras, to control crowd numbers in pubs.
"Everyone is trying to get this tech," Mr Jones said.
"It's a way of controlling occupancy."
The average door-monitoring system will cost around €1,500, but depending on the system the price can go up or down.
Temperature-screening devices can range from €2,000 to €8,000.
"To get kitted out with the full bells and whistles of tech to maintain social distancing, we are talking from €7,000 to €20,000," Mr Jones said.
"This is established tech, it's not new, it's existed in my industry for some time now for retail footfall counting. The cameras aren't new tech, they've just been repurposed."
Mr Jones said deaf and blind customers should also be considered by pubs when they're looking at tech.
"There are audio and lights, to help alert people when toilets are full and concierges will have to be considered also to walk people round in certain areas.
"Temperature screening is becoming a part of everyday life and so it will be in the pub too. And some pubs might use palm recognition too, for staff clocking in and temperature screening.
"Cameras can also monitor how many staff are in the kitchen and alerts will monitor numbers."