Teeling Whiskey distillery has partially reopened its coffee shop and gift shop in an attempt to prepare to salvage its tourist trade after Covid-19.
Stephen Teeling, co-founder of the distillery and visitor centre in Dublin, said it was trying to pinning its hopes on upcoming dates like Father's Day to reopen its tours and whiskey tasting.
The distillery shut down on March 12, as the Covid-19 pandemic reached Ireland.
At the time, Teeling was preparing for St Patrick's weekend. Thousands of people had booked tours and a number of events were planned, including the wedding of a woman who was flying from the US.
In the weeks since, it has continued to distil whiskey. It sold 300 bottles of Celtic Whiskey as part of a fundraiser for frontline workers. It has also helped to produce hand sanitiser.
Yesterday, Teeling reopened its cafe and gift shop as a "first step" towards getting back to normal as Covid-19 cases in Ireland start to decrease.
Its Phoenix café is serving takeaway tea and pastries, and the distillery's gift shop is open on a limited basis.
Teeling is opening small parts of the distillery from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. The gift shop and the cafe will follow strict social distancing rules.
"To be able to go back to work and get back into some sort of routine, even though it's far from normal, has been very strange," Mr Teeling said.
The distillery is hoping 2020 will not be a "complete write-off" for tourism, but Teeling had previously relied on international tourism, which is not possible for the moment.
"Our biggest market is the US and our biggest tourist numbers are US tourists.
"I think that is going to be the biggest challenge, to reconnect with the Americans to make them feel comfortable travelling," Mr Teeling said.
He said Teeling was hoping that by Father's Day, on June 21, small groups would be able to do tours.
The distillery has been planning how it would host whiskey tastings for groups of four - all from the same household - in a safe and socially distant way.
The distillery opened in 2015 and has welcomed 500,000 visitors over the last five years.
Each Thursday throughout May it is running "virtual Teeling masterclasses" online for customers who have ordered a tasting kit of its three whiskeys.
It is also now running an online 3D tour, which was created using more than 22,000 photographs. Users will be able to virtually navigate their way around the distillery.