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One business was ordered to close for 72 hours for ”persistent” breaches of Covid indoor dining rules following countrywide inspections by environmental health officers.

The HSE revealed that the District Court granted an emergency cessation order in relation to a single employer “where persistent non-compliance was observed”.

However a HSE spokesperson said it “does not comment on individual cases” when asked to identify the business.

Under the rules, those offering indoor dining must ensure only people who can prove their immunity can dine or drink indoors.

A total of 69pc of employers were found to be compliant by the HSE inspectors, following 5,621 compliance checks in businesses offering indoor dining under the regulations.

Another 28pc were found to require additional compliance measures, and around 2pc found to be non-compliant.

A spokesperson said over 300 HSE environmental health officers were designated as compliance officers under the indoor dining regulations.

She said enforcement action starts with verbal warnings and can escalate to an emergency cessation order.

Separately, one in five employers did not have Covid-19 response plans in place, according to the lead agency carrying out workplace checks on Covid safety measures.

A Health and Safety Authority spokesperson said 81pc of workplaces had Covid response plans, 91pc had taken Covid measures and 78pc had appointed a lead worker representative. It carried out 6,192 inspections between January and October 8 this year, of which 6,152 related to Covid-19.

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A total of 226 inspections were at meat plants, of which three were unannounced.

The spokesperson said all meat plants had Covid-19 measures in place, 99pc had response plans and 89pc had lead worker representatives.

Under the indoor dining regulations, it has undertaken 441 compliance checks and 95pc of indoor operators were compliant.

However, the authority was unable to say what enforcement action has been taken.

Meanwhile, Workplace Relations Commission inspectors carried out 2,793 inspections so far this year compared with a total of 5,202 last year. Since May 2020, it said over 45,000 Covid-19 inspections had taken place.



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