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Running the rule over guidelines: Ollie Grimes in his pub in Skerries, Co Dublin.
PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Running the rule over guidelines: Ollie Grimes in his pub in Skerries, Co Dublin. PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Running the rule over guidelines: Ollie Grimes in his pub in Skerries, Co Dublin. PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Publican Ollie Grimes is calling time on new guidelines that would allow pubs serving food to reopen at the end of this month.

The proprietor of Ollie's Place in Skerries, Co Dublin, said the doors to his pub and restaurant would remain closed until the end of July because the proposed restrictions allowing pubs to reopen on June 29 are just too onerous.

Under the guidelines, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reduce social distancing to one metre if they limit patrons to just 90 minutes inside their premises and discourage 'walk-ins' without prior bookings.

While the time limit may be extended to two hours, Mr Grimes said even this was unworkable, especially if there was a sports match on and "you have 50 people arriving at the same time".

"Having to throw out regulars who have been drinking here for years. It's crazy," he said.

"We're into having food and drink as a social thing and we don't feel that people should be windowed into 90 minutes."

He also fears that the time limit will not only discourage people from going out, but it will encourage binge drinking. There was nothing to stop people from going on a pub crawl when their 90 minutes were up, he said.

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