Get ready for those outdoor drinks.
Remember having a meal out? Just a singular pint in the pub? Of course you do, although it’s been a painfully long time since we actually got to enjoy one. [Featured Image: Guinness].
But, once businesses finally get the green light to open–assumed to be at some point over summer–Dubliners can look forward to increased space for outdoor dining and drinking.
A motion has passed (39 to 6, 11 abstains) that will aim to pedestrianize around 20 streets in Dublin by the June bank holiday, which would open up spaces for business to increase outdoor trade. This is, of course, deemed to be more effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19 than indoor socialising.
Fine Gael not only confirmed that streets like Merrion Row would be pedestrianised, but pledged their wish for many more areas to be covered. These would include the likes of Parliament Street, Fade Street, South Frederick Street, Wicklow Street, Stephen’s Street Lower, St Andrew’s Street Exchequer Street, Dame Court, Parnell Street, Jervis Street and Dawson Street, plus others to be considered.
The councillors also asked for “clear measures to support musicians and artists in outdoor settings across the city centre as part of the outdoor summer strategy.” There wish is that a plan can be implemented by the June bank holiday weekend.
This will come as good news to many, who will hope plans can be implemented as soon as possible to get the hospitality industry back on their feet over the summer.