Hotels have been told they will have to adhere to the midnight curfew in a U-turn, which will impact weddings and concerts.
The Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) said it had received “further clarifications” and “contrary to an earlier government indication” the new rule will apply to residents staying in a hotel.
The Taoiseach told the Irish Mirror on Tuesday that the midnight curfew would not affect residents staying in a hotel as it was a “separate area”.
But now the IHF has told its members that starting Thursday evening, hotel bars and resident bars will also need to have all customers out of their premises by midnight.
Pubs, nightclubs and restaurants must also respect this rule from Thursday evening.
In a note sent to hotels and seen by the Irish Mirror, the email read: “Unfortunately, this means that there are no exemptions for residents staying in hotels and that the hour of midnight closing also applies to weddings and all other hotel functions. “
The email distributed to hotels across the country also states that “some members have reported that events start earlier, which is allowed as long as the function rooms are vacated by midnight whether or not the guests are residents. .
“Please note that the electronic ticketing requirement (excluding weddings) continues to apply for indoor events involving dance or hospitality without a seat, such as drink receptions. “
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