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Three-quarters of pubs and restaurants fully compliant as HSE carry out Covid checks over Bank Holiday weekend


More than 750 Covid checks were carried out on pubs and restaurants across the Bank Holiday weekend with ‘very high levels’ of compliance indicated.

Of the 628 checks by the HSE, 74pc of premises were found to be fully compliant, with 5pc found to be non compliant in enforcing the use of digital Covid passes.

Separately, 21pc were found to be needing additional measures.

The HSE carried out the checks from last Friday to Monday night into indoor pubs and restaurants.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) also carried out 123 compliance checks from last Friday to Monday and a spokesperson for the authority said that compliance was “good”.

A detailed breakdown was not provided by the HSA.

A top-level meeting between Cabinet Ministers last night heard an update from the efforts to crackdown on compliance with the certs.

The cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 was told that checks were carried out on indoor hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and nightclubs across Ireland, from Friday to Monday.

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There were “very high levels” of compliance with the certs, Ministers were told.

Checks were carried out by HSA compliance officers, HSE Environmental Health Officers and the Private Security Authority inspectors.

Ministers also discussed HSA compliance officers and HSE environmental officers conducting checks in nightclubs once the new ticketing system is rolled out.

Venues also gave feedback on ticketing, masks and queues in response to the latest meeting between government officials and sector representatives yesterday morning.

Ministers were also told of ‘high level of compliance’ from Fáilte Ireland checks on the Covid-19 Safety Charter between June and October, sources said.

Ministers were also updated on the latest daily cases, numbers of Covid-19 patients in hospital and in ICU.

The meeting was also attended virtually by HSE CEO Paul Reid.

From July 26 to October 22, the HSE had carried out 5,857 checks into businesses providing indoor hospitality.

New figures show that 69pc of indoor operators were found to be in compliance, 3pc were not compliant and 28pc needed extra “compliance measures”.

The HSA has carried out 486 checks since July, with 95pc of indoor pubs and restaurants in compliance with the new Covid cert rules.

5pc were found to be non compliant and 13pc needed extra compliance measures.

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