For a glimpse of what an Irish pub might look like when they are finally given the green light to reopen, it might be worth looking east - very far east.
Will Ryan, co-owner of An Sólás, a well-known Irish bar a short walk from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, one of the busiest hubs in the planet, reopened the pub on May 7.
This followed a month-long shutdown as Tokyo grappled with a surge of coronavirus infections in late March and early April.
But it is most definitely not business as usual.
"It's been very, very quiet," admitted Mr Ryan, who is originally from Donaskeigh in Co Tipperary.
"Hopefully things in Ireland will be better, but I wouldn't be expecting a big mad rush in the door the first week that you open up."
In compliance with a request from the metropolitan government, last orders are at 7pm every day. This restriction will stay in place until the state of emergency in Tokyo is lifted, which is scheduled for the end of this month.
As well as the hit An Sólás is taking from closing early, their lunchtime trade is down by about two-thirds.
"Workers are either working from home, or they're bringing their own lunches with them," explained Mr Ryan.
"A lot of offices here are telling their workers to not eat outside (during working hours) and they're following those rules strictly."
One of the many changes An Sólás has implemented is to make all their food available for takeaway.
"A lot of customers are coming in, having one or two pints, ordering food but asking us to make it for takeout."
Mr Ryan explained that unlike some businesses, they are not forcing customers to wear face masks - although most people in Tokyo wear them as a matter of course.
The pub also is not limiting the number of customers who can enter the premises at any one time - not that such a restriction is needed at the moment.
Also, the counter is not off limits to punters.
"We'd fit about 12 or 13 people at the counter, but what we're finding is customers are sitting away from each other, or they'll sit at the tables," said Mr Ryan.
He does not wear a face mask behind the counter, explaining that "it gets too hot, and it's hard to communicate with customers".
However, he does make a point of letting customers see him washing his hands after every transaction.
"I know in a busy pub in Ireland you can't wash your hands after every transaction obviously, but if you have the time, I recommend you do it, because customers are actually happy to see you do it," he said.
In what was meant to be another bumper year for Tokyo and An Sólás, coming off the back of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and on to the now-postponed Olympics and Paralympics, Mr Ryan's focus is now on making the bar as safe as possible.
In so doing, he hopes to be able to start drawing customers back.
He believes hygiene will be important in attracting drinkers back to pubs when the lockdown is lifted back in Ireland.
"I recommend hand sanitisers in as many places as possible, no standing idle behind the counter, you should always be cleaning down surfaces or washing your hands," he advised.
"Don't expect a big mad rush when you open the doors. Business will come back, but very, very slowly."