A Mayo bistro cafe said it had no plans to check to see if its guests are vaccinated so they can eat inside.
Indoor dining at restaurants was due to resume next Monday, but the government has decided to delay indoor dining until at least July 19 due to concerns about the spread of the Delta variant of Covid 19 in the middle warnings of a dreaded fourth wave of the virus.
No date has been set for the effective reopening of indoor meals, but one proposal that has been suggested is to allow resumption of indoor meals for people who have been fully vaccinated.
A working group comprising members of the hospitality industry meets on Monday and Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was open to ideas emanating from the group.
Louisburgh 74 ‘bistro cafe, based in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, said it would not check to see if customers have been vaccinated, even if the new rules say so.
“At the Louisburgh 74 ‘bistro cafe, we will NOT be monitoring our customers to make sure they are vaccinated so they can eat inside,” the cafe said in a statement posted online. “What you decide to do with your personal health is none of our business. If you want to get vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you don’t, don’t. We don’t judge and we believe in personal choices.
“If the government forces us to screen our clients, asking them for vaccine certificates or ‘corona passes’, that won’t happen here in 74′. Under no circumstances will I or a member of my team ask a personal question regarding someone’s health decision. “
The cafe said that when indoor meals resumed, they would allow people to eat inside “without questioning or trial.”
A number of pubs and restaurants have publicly announced that they are in violation of Covid regulations that they disagree with at various stages of the pandemic, but were visited by gardai and then agreed to comply with the regulations. .
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said this week that “all the conditions are now in place for a new wave before the fall with excess hospitalizations and deaths”.