The Irish government has updated guidelines for hotels and venues on how to manage weddings as restrictions ease towards the end of 2020 and the start of 2021.
Created in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), Guidelines for Re-Opening Hotels and Guesthouses features a dedicated section to weddings, outlining what exactly needs to happen should they go ahead.
The guidelines are concise, clear and quite straight-forward, erring on the side of caution and looking to maintain proper sanitation at all times.
For those looking to get married right now, they can do so as long as any indoor events are limited to 50 people and outdoor events are limited to 200.
When Phase Four kicks into action – which is TBD, but is looking like September, for now – is when up to 100 people are allowed indoors and 500 people are allowed to gather outdoors.
■ To avoid making direct contact with doors, guests should enter the property through doors that are automated or manually operated by an employee where possible.
■ Hand sanitisers (touchless whenever possible), will be placed at all entry points. These must have a minimum alcohol content of 60%.
■ Prominent signage must explain current physical distancing practices. This must be accompanied by clear and visible markings that illustrate the safe distancing protocol.
■ A private room should be used, if available.
■ Service stations must use physical distancing queuing systems.
■ Tea/coffee/drinks and canapé stations must be managed by service personnel. There must be no self-service stations. Canapés must be in individual portions.
■ Remove as much loose furniture (e.g. sofas, etc.) from the room to ensure maximum space for physical distancing.
■ Entrance doors should be opened whilst guests are entering the dining area.
■ Review the seating capacities to meet the current physical distancing guidance. There must be adequate spacing customers at each table in accordance with Government physical distancing guidelines.
■ Table and guest spacing must adhere to the Government’s Public Health advice.
■ Hand sanitiser must be made available at the entrance to the dining room. These must have a minimum alcohol percentage of 60%. Signage must encourage all guests to use this when they enter and leave.
■ Management must ensure signage is in place to welcome guests and reassure them that employees have been trained in line with the Government’s Public Health advice.
■ There must be no shared items at the table; Water jugs must be poured by service personnel only / Salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes should be available only on request / Each guest should be given individual portions/sachets.
■ There must be no shared vegetable/gravy dishes etc. Any food must be served directly to each guest fully plated.
■ Signage on tables and dance floors must ask guests to respect physical distancing guidelines. Employees must monitor and manage distancing.
Also to Remember
■ All third-party suppliers must ensure they adhere to the Government’s Public Health advice.
■ Clear signage must be in place to request physical distancing.
■ The maximum number of people attending a function (including service personnel) must be in line with the Government’s Public Health advice.
You can read the document in full here.
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